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|Vidalia's long-term growth eyed|
The City of Vidalia is searching for seven business minded individuals with a commitment to economic development.
These persons are needed to commit by Friday to take part in a Louisiana Economic Development (LED) program.
"I think being part of the initial pilot would be positive for the city," said City Manager Ken Walker. "Keep in mind it will involve a fair amount of work, but they will work with us and develop a plan to meet our needs."
The team representing Vidalia will work with consultants and professors from Louisiana State University and the University of New Orleans to construct a long-term plan for growth in the city of Vidalia.
Walker made the request to submit an application to take part in the program at the Tuesday night meeting. The council approved the action.
LED will choose eight Louisiana cities to participate with the eventual goal being to develop long-term business plans for every city and town in the state.
Walker also requested approval to apply for a $35,000 Louisiana Government Assistance Program (LGAP) grant. Walker said that money would be used to help cover repair costs of one of the town's two transformers that would damaged last summer. Repair costs will exceed $400,000.
In other business, the council also approved a proposal from Walker to refinance sales tax bonds. Walker advised the move would save the town $75,000 annually.
The board also voted to keep the town's millage at 3.49.
"That is one of the lowest in the state and we are proud of that," said Mayor Hyram Copeland.
Copeland also advised that the city was awaiting state approval for financing of the town's new municipal facility on an almost 30-acre tract of land near Wal-Mart. In the meantime, he advised that the town was taking steps to annex the land into the city limits which is usually a 90 to 120-day process.
Plans for the new municipal complex include a new city hall, police and fire facilities as well as a park area.
"This will be tremendous for the future growth and development of Vidalia," said Copeland.
The council also decided to look at annexing properties on Logan Sewell Drive into the town limits.
The following licenses were approved:
-Occupational/Sign: Warshaw Chiropractic Clinic, 1648 Carter St., Monty Roy Warshaw.
-Occupational: Miss-Lou Media, 1616 Carter St., Bill Atkins.
-Occupational: Aaron's Inc., 4285 Carter St.
-Occupational/Sign: Hammers Wine and Spirits, 1631 Carter St., David Foster.
-Sign: Visible Changes, 1507 Carter, Kathy Coleman.
-Sign: Vidalia Market, Carter St.
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