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|Quotes sought for Ferriday water plant|
The Ferriday Town Council declared an "extreme public emergency" during a special meeting Monday relating to the town's water plant.
The emergency declaration will enable the town to acquire quotes rather than go through the bidding process for a water tank, said Mayor Glen McGlothin.
Due to a lack of quorum the resolution could not be passed at the July 30 called special meeting.
With all hands on deck Monday, alderman Johnnie Brown, Somer Lewis, Jerome Harris and Elijah Banks voted for the declaration, while Gloria Lloyd abstained from voting.
The declaration allows the town to forego a 30-day advertisement process to seek bids on repairing or replacing the water treatment facility, including the construction of a new tank.
"All we need to do is get three quotes by Friday," McGlothin said. "Then we will contact (Engineer) Bryant Hammett when they get the quotes. Once we accept the quotes, we can move on the project."
McGlothin said a special meeting will be held later this month to accept the quotes.
The declaration comes after McGlothin and the town secured a grant of $250,000 from Gov. Bobby Jindal's office in emergency funding to be used for construction of a new water tank.
"This means we can get started working on getting the plant back on line until we can build a new one," McGlothin said. "We can show the USDA that we have $200,000 from our Wal-Mart money and now $250,000 to fund this project. I am very grateful to the governor for his assistance."
Ferriday is currently under a boil water order, which could be lifted by December if the new tank is in place.
He said it will take about 12 weeks for delivery of the tank.
McGlothin said when a new tank is built, it will be part of a new water plant that will be built when more funding is available.
"What we're doing now directly involves the new plant," McGlothin said. "This has an upside to it down the road as well."
McGlothin also said Supt. Loretta Blankenstein is coordinating water supply efforts in Ferriday schools.
He said the National Guard will be providing bottled water to the Ferriday schools until such time as the boil notice is lifted. All water fountains will be covered with black plastic bags and taped up to keep the kids from using the water.
In other business, it was announced that the Food Stamp Office will be temporarily locating in the three large offices at the Florida St. Gym. Rep. Andy Anders said the permanent office will be opening soon.
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