City bond issue plan changed
Franklin will pay for sewer lift station repairs out of its own pocket to help its chances of bonding $1.5 million for street and city hall repairs.
Mayor Raymond Harris told the city council Tuesday that in a recent consultation with bonding counsel, it was recommended to him that the city pay for lift station repairs costing $450,000 from city reserves rather than issue a bond.
The city is also planning a $1.5 million bond issue for street and city hall repairs.
Harris said the city has $900,000 in cash reserves and suggested “dipping into it and paying for those repairs out of our own reserves instead of paying a bond issue off and taking out another.”
That helps the chances of getting the $1.5 million bond, Harris said.
“I think we can put some of it back in the fund before the fiscal year is out,” he said.
Also Tuesday, SweeDee waste pickup representative Roddie Matherne told the council that “problems with drivers” left the company short-handed, causing recent delays in waste pickup in the city.
He said that problem has been rectified, and after training of drivers, the routes should be picked up on regular schedules again soon.
The company is still looking for drivers who hold a CDL license.
Councilman Chuck Autin also told the council that in a 15-minute drive through four blocks of the city he found multiple streetlights with burned out bulbs.
He said he contacted Cleco and was told to supply them with a list of outages for changing.
Autin asked police to make such a list. Police Chief Sabria McGuire and Public Works Director Jeremy Smith said their departments regularly do that by taking the numbers of the utility poles and turning them over to Cleco.
The council also:
—Introduced an ordinance changing the speed limit on Darce Lane to 15 mph from 25 mph.
—Approved appointment of Suzanne Wiltz to the Historic District Commission and Willie Edwards to the zoning Board of Adjustments.
—Adopted ordinances changing the name of Oneal Chube Street to Oneal Chube Drive, and Legends Field at Broussard-Harris to Whitney Noel Beverly Sr. Field.
—Lifted the open container law for the Bayou Teche Bear Festival, with no glass containers allowed. The fireworks ban was also lifted only for the professional presentation at the festival.