Feb 27, 2015
FERRIDAY -- Ferriday Mayor Gene Allen announced Thursday plans for multi-million dollar municipal building projects in the comming year. The construction will include a new town hall, police station, fire station and pool, Allen said. The $7-8 million municipal complex will place the town hall and fire station on the same property as the current police station, which will also be replaced. Allen said the site was chosen because the town already owns the property on E.E. Wallace Boulevard and the land provides the space needed for the complex. The town hall was built in 1974, while the fire station was originally built in the 1950's as the town jail, Allen said. The police station was formerly the home to an electrical company. "(The buildings) have all outlived their usefulness, and now we plan to put a new complex on the highway in Ferriday," Allen said. The project will be financed by loans and grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he said. The mayor said he hoped to have the financiing for the project in place by September.
The new pool will be built at the same location as the old one, replacing the one built in the 1950's with a slightly smaller pool. Allen said the new pool will be 100-feet by 40-feet, and will cost $450,000 to complete. "To redo the old (pool), the cost is astronomical," Allen said. "We could build a new one for less than it would cost to replace it." The pool will be financed by grants, including from the private sector. "We have had business people in the community who have stepped up and committed to giving us $80,000 already," Allen said. The Ferriday pool was closed by the health department in 2005 and reopened briefly in 2007 before it was closed for good because of structural and filtration issues.
The announcements were made Thursday during Allen's annual state of the town speech.
The mayor also updated attendees about the town's recent clean audit, the ongoing work to ultimately replace the town water system, Ferriday's recreation efforts and other programs. -- Vershal Hogan