The Mayor and Board of Aldermen held their regularly scheduled meeting last Tuesday at Franklinton Town Hall.
Warren Anthony, the office manager for AmWaste in Independence, spoke before the Board and audience members to answer questions about issues facing citizens in and around the Town of Franklinton. AmWaste has the garbage contract for the Town. Anthony stated that the company now has enough mechanics to work on their fleet of trucks and that newer trucks have been sent to Franklinton to pick up citizen's garbage. She stated the company was not experiencing trouble in finding hoppers for garbage trucks in Franklinton. She had addressed the Council approximately a year ago and these were problems at the time. Anthony was asked about the uncertainty and delays in garbage pickup. She stated that the local supervisor had been out over 60 days with health issues, but has returned to the job. Anthony is scheduled to look into several issues to correct problems with current garbage pickups.
Chief Dustin Waskom provided a report to the Board for the Town's fire department. The software that provides statistics has been down recently due to an issue with the state. The chief started with reports beginning on February 28 until the time the software glitch occurred in early March. In this time, the department has worked 9 structure fires, 2 extrication calls, 8 motor vehicle accidents, 6 fire alarms, 6 grass fires, 2 medical calls and 5 leaks or gas spills. The department has answered 38 calls this year and has 15 active firefighters. Chief Waskom stated that Engine 6 is currently out of service with valve problems. All other equipment is operational and in service.
Jay Pittman from Spangler Engineering spoke about the Bene Street water well. Pittman stated that bids for a new well were opened last Friday. A majority of the Board voted to award the low bid to Greiner Drilling Service in the amount of $1.58 million. Pittman also stated that the generator for the Mason Street well should be installed at the beginning of this week. Inclement weather has held up progress on this installation.
In other business, the Board unanimously voted to adopt an amendment to the Criminal Code while also adopting the State Code. The Board also voted to introduce Ordinance #1078, and issuance of Water and Sewer System Revenue Refunding Bonds.
James Harper was promoted to a Sergeant at the Town's police department by a unanimous vote of the Council.
Dr. Chip McVea addressed the Board pertaining to a restoration on the flag pole behind the Rock House and across from the old post office. Dr. McVea stated that the pole, 80 feet tall with a 12 inch base, was erected in 1971, making this year it's 30th anniversary. The late Jerry Warren is believed to have been very instrumental in getting the pole placed at this location in Franklinton. Several weeks ago, Creel Brothers volunteered their time as well as rented equipment to sand and repaint the poll. Lighting was recently updated to LED lighting by private donors. Dr. McVea noted that the Veterans Memorial plaques need attention while some veterans are not represented on the newer plaque and need to be added.
Jeamie McCullen noted that District Attorney Warren Montgomery will be offering a Warrant Clinic in the Washington Parish Fairgrounds on May 1. Interested contestants should register in advance in order to receive assistance with traffic and misdemeanor warrants that the District Attorney's office will be providing assistance with.