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Mayor-elect Gene Allen told members of Ferriday's business community last week that he will have an open door policy at town hall when he takes office in six weeks.
"You come by and we will listen to your concerns," he said.
Allen was elected mayor in April. He'll take office on July 1, replacing Mayor Glen McGlothin who opted not to seek re-election.
About 150 people attended a business summit called by Allen at The Arcade on Thursday, where three speakers updated the town on the water system and on economic plans.
Allen asked those in attendance: "How do you want the town to move forward?"
He said Ferriday has "much potential," citing "two trophy lakes" and a steady stream of travelers passing through town in about 30,000 cars per day.
"It's astronomical," he said. "How do we get these people to stop?"
He said communication is a key to the future.
"Right now, it's one of our weaknesses," he said.
Allen said education is another top issue: "Our schools are failing. I support the magnet school and the charter school. I think people need a choice."
Plans are underway, he said, to design a "recreation system that is second to none. We've got to have something for our children to do."
After his remarks, Allen asked for comments from those in attendance.
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