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|Leaders clash again over drainage|
Concordia Parish Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington and Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland butted heads again over drainage Monday night and made little headway in resolving their differences on the issue.
Ferrington said the Jury recognizes that drainage improvements are needed -- particularly along Cocodrie Bayou -- but says it doesn't have the money to finance the work nor can it afford a feasibility study.
Copeland says clogged arteries in the parish, especially the Vidalia Canal, hamper drainage in Vidalia and he thinks if money is the issue than the Jury should ask voters to go to the polls and support or reject a tax to finance the needed improvements.
Ferrington says the public is overtaxed, and that this is not a good time to bring a tax issue before voters due to the poor economic climate.
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