City outlines projects in new capital budget

Capital projects on the horizon took up most of a Franklin City Council budget workshop Tuesday.

After minor adjustments to the proposed operating budget for fiscal year 2012-2013, Mayor Raymond Harris turned his attention to the proposed capital outlay plan over the next five years.

The mayor said he is “starting to see what we’re going to be able to do… when we started everything was a ‘wish’ but now it’s starting to get real and we’re starting to see what we will be able to do and what we might not be able to do.”

Harris said he expects bond funds of $1.95 million in the 2012-2013 capital outlay budget plan.

A cover for the water plant clarifier should be constructed this year, Harris said, with $200,000 from the city and $50,000 from the state Louisiana Governmental Assistance Program.

There is $785,000 in bond proceeds for purchase and renovation of E.A. Crowell Elementary, the current location of City Hall, and $715,000 in bond revenue for street repairs.

Streets include Magnolia, Birch, Collie, Jasmine, North Luke, South Luke and Maple among others, Harris said.

The fire department is in need of massive repairs to the tune of about $300,000, Harris said.

He also suggests $450,000 in sewer lift station improvements.

With those projects and others already in the plan for that year, revenues and expenditures balance out at $2.6 million.

For 2012-2014, Harris projects $1.05 million in federal grants, $4.1 million in state grants, $150,000 on parish grants and city match $150,000. There is a beginning balance of $150,000.

The Pecan Acres drainage project is set for $3.6 million. Harris said the city applied for the state flood control program, and is now entering the second round. “Hopefully we get the whole thing,” he said.

He said $500,000 would be applied for from the state for drainage on Hanson Street and Perret Street.

The South Willow Street storm water pumping station is also in that plan, Harris said at $1.05 million.

Also, widening of the Yokely Canal at $450,000 is included in that plan.

A fishing wharf on Fifth Street at the Franklin Canal was pushed into the 2014-2015 budget, Harris said.

The mayor recommended other long-range projects as a “wish list.”

The council will act on all budgets in a special meeting during April.

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