Veteran asks help keeping VA clinic in Franklin open
A local veteran asked the Franklin City Council Tuesday to resist closure of the VA Clinic in the city.
Curtis Milton said the clinic, which was only opened two years ago, is in danger of closure. “We would like for it to remain open,” he said. “Many of us are very dependent on the clinic. One thing many of us suffer with is PTSD. When we have our group meetings it helps us deal with daily life and having people we know who went through the same thing. They asked me to come here.”
Milton asked the city council to “speak for us. We that use the clinic, a lot of us don’t have transportation to get to the other clinics in New Orleans and Houma.”
He has started a petition in support of keeping the clinic open.
The mayor said he’d have a proclamation written for consideration at the next meeting.
Also Tuesday, Jay Ina, representing the Franklin Senior High School Athletic Booster Club Gospel Explosion, told the city council that the event is set for March 8 and is a major fundraiser for the school’s athletics department.
“It generates a large portion of the funds to keep our athletic department running,” he said. He requested support from the city in the amount of $1,000.
Ina said the event starts at 4 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium.
After expanding the meeting agenda, Councilman Eugene Foulcard moved for the allocation with a second by Councilman Joe Garrison.
The council also approved a proclamation recognizing the 18 years of service by Judith Alain to the city Historic District Commission. Allain is resigning from the panel.
In other business:
—Liquor licenses were approved for Walgreen’s Pharmacy and Cajun’s Seafood Restaurant.
—An ordinance was approved allowing private sale of mausoleum space in the city cemetery.
—Resolutions were approved to settle a vehicle damage claim against the city not to exceed $300; and authorizing use of Caffery Park by the Franklin Youth Baseball and Softball program.
—The open container law was lifted for Mardi Gras Day one hour before to one hour after the parade, with no glass containers allowed.
—Police Chief Sabria McGuire said she would take a second look at a possible traffic light or sign at Willow Street and Third Street due to problems in that area mentioned by councilmembers.