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|Ferriday water tank construction underway|
Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin told board members Tuesday that construction has begun on the new water tank and is expected to be completed by the end of December.
The board passed an ordinance to issue $750,000 in water revenue bonds for the building of the tank.
Camo Construction of Vidalia gave the low bid earlier at $476,464.
"Camo is doing a great job and this tank is a lot less than we thought it would be," McGlothin said.
McGlothin said the town had to incur the debt to lay the foundation and move pipes for the construction.
"We used some of our Wal-Mart money for that," McGlothin said.
The mayor said Camo is drilling and building the platform. The tank is actually being built in south Louisiana and shipped in parts to Ferriday.
"I had to pick a color, so I picked green," McGlothin said. "Most water tanks are blue or green. But as long as the water is clear, we don't care what color it is."
McGlothin said he is also looking to get money from FEMA and a grant through the USDA.
The board also passed a resolution for FY 2010–2011 LCDBG Application to replace sewer lines and building two new lift stations with grant money of over $1million.
"We have had terrible problems around Concordia and Lancaster and we need to replace those lines," McGlothin said. "Especially with the new apartments (Ferriday Haven) coming in."
Alderman Jerome Harris asked about a dress code for the town.
Attorney Anna Ferguson said an ordinance could be passed by the town, but it would be challenged as unconstitutional.
"Now if someone is showing more skin than they should, they can be arrested for indecent exposure," Ferguson said
"We can't tell people how to dress," McGlothin said. "But we can tell them if they walk into a meeting how they should be attired."
The board also voted to charge $3 for town functions at the Florida Street gym unless it was church-related, where there would be no charge. The money raised will go to the recreation fund and also to help send the Ferriday youth football team to Tallulah for a championship game in Tallulah.
"We want to reward these children," McGlothin said. "These are great kids and they deserve our support."
Harris asked about a condemned house on Jones Street, but McGlothin said that property had a lien on it.
"We want to tear down and clean up that property and we have also talked with Macon Ridge about some property on Hwy. 15 they are interested in," McGlothin said. "They will contract us to tear down a couple of houses. They re-did some houses on Love Street that look good. We also found two manhole covers with roots growing in them so that saved us some money in the long run. this is good for both sides."
Elijah "Stepper" Banks asked about the property used for a flea market coming into town from Vidalia.
"We've told her over and over that's a fire hazard," McGlothin said.
The board voted to send the owner a letter instructing her to conform to the terms the Fire Marshal has set and bring the electrical along with rest of the building up to code.
McGlothin also said the owners of J.M. Jones Lumber Company have agreed to allow access to their side of the bayou to allow the plants to be sprayed and cleaned out.
The board also agreed to send a letter to companies throwing sales papers in residents' yards and in the yards of vacant houses.
"What they are doing is basically littering," Ferguson said.
Alderman Johnnie Brown asked why WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge is no longer available.
McGlothin said that has to do with the Baton Rouge station and Media3, which serves the area.
The board voted to send Media3 a letter asking about getting a station from Baton Rouge and concerning channel service with problems of channels going out.
The board also approved a one-time salary supplement for employees for December.
The board stated at its next meeting it will issue a resolution to proclaim the service of recently deceased Ray Bruin.
The board also voted to follow the suggestion of the auditors to open a Master Property Tax Account to facilitate better accounting of the taxes collected and proper disbursement of said taxes into the proper accounts.
McGlothin said a grant will be written and the Macon Ridge Building will become the property of the town.
An occupational licenses requested by For Every Occasion on Hwy. 15 in the apartments was not approved because is located in a public housing, which federal regulations prohibit having a business operate from subsidized housing.
Alcoholic beverage permit renewals were approved for Circle K, Ferriday Market, Aden Grocery, China Wok, Shanfara Deli, Kaye's Grocery and The U-Pak. Alderman Gloria Lloyd abstained from voting on Kaye's because she works there.
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