State Sen. Beth Mizell of Franklinton expressed concern about Franklinton’s water situation last year, and she said she remains committed to help get it corrected.
In July of 2019, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDH) issued a letter to the Town of Franklinton, advising of corrections that needed to be made with the water system. Apparently some items were corrected, but major items were not, especially chlorination problems.
Mizell asked LDH late last year for an undate about Franklinton’s water situation and she was informed that the town was not in compliance.
On December 3, 2019, the senator sent a letter to Franklinton officials, including Mayor Richard Dillon, urging that the problem be solved, and offering to help find solutions. She also requested a meeting with the mayor to discuss the situation.
Mizell said there was no response to her letter.
Franklinton aldermen also received Mizell’s letter. One of the aldermen said there was assurance at City Hall that the problems mentioned in Mizell’s letter had been taken care of.
However, the unresolved issues with Franklinton’s water did not sit well with LDH, and last week LDH issued an order demanding that the water problems be corrected. If not, the order warned, the Town of Franklintion will face a fine of as much as $1,600 for each day the water system is out of compliance.
Mizell, who is president pro tempore of the State Senate, said she is still willing to help in any way possible. “This is an awful situation,” she said, “among many areas of concern in our community. People have to pay attention and get involved to fix these things.”
•This is a developing situation and The Era-Leader will update this article as more information becomes available.