Ferriday: Get your forks, spoons ready

Published 12:03am Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FERRIDAY — Ferridians and the thousands of travelers that drive through Ferriday each day could soon see a new restaurant on the familiar streets.

Mayor Gene Allen said Tuesday evening during the board of aldermen meeting that he and other city representatives would be traveling to Mansura, La., this week to meet with a restaurant that has expressed interest in locating to Ferriday.

“It’s still in the early process, but they called us so we think they’re very interested,” Allen said after the meeting. “We’re going to go meet with them in the next few days and see if we can start approving that.”

The town signed a confidentially agreement with the business, so the name of the establishment could not be released.

The board also went into executive session for 20 minutes to discuss a prospect interested in locating to the Ferriday Industrial Park, but Allen said no action was taken.

That prospect, with which the city also signed a confidentially agreement, would take over the former Kelly’s Kids building on Louisiana 15 for warehouse and distribution purposes, with plans to expand to a manufacturing facility in the future.

“We have several prospects the town is currently looking into,” Allen said.

In other news from the meeting:

-Allen asked each alderman to submit two roads from their corresponding districts to be considered as part of a possible overlay project.

The 10-street project was initially brought up under the previous administration by former-Mayor Glen McGlothin.

The board heard from a representative of Bryant Hammett and Associates LLC about the possible need of extending the town’s street millage to pay for the project.

“I think we need to put the cart before the horse here,” Allen said. “If each alderman will bring the list of two streets that need overlaying, then well get them to the city engineer to get a cost figure, and then we’ll talk about extending the bond.”

Allen asked each aldermen to bring the names of their two streets to next month’s board meeting.

-After seeing a recent increase of mosquito infestation in the area, Allen said the town’s mosquito abatement program will start back up this week.

“We purchased the chemicals last week and put the machine on the truck, but we need to get it calibrated to start spraying,” Allen said. “We’ll get that calibrated this week and start spraying, because that’s a big issue right now.”

As of Friday, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reported 31 new cases of West Nile virus, bringing this year’s total to 176 reported infections and 10 deaths from the virus.

Three cases of the West Nile virus have been reported in Concordia Parish and one in Catahoula Parish.

The truck will spray three days a week throughout the town, Allen said.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the headline, I thought they were talking about crack spoons.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3NU7IE6XB4V3IBSUJF32I4ZALA Ishmail

    Kind of makes me wonder. With the reputation that Ferriday has, what person in their right mind would want to locate a business there?

  • Anonymous

    Well to Ishmail and Natcheznative, the Mayor that we have here in Ferriday is SORRY. We don’t need another resteaurant but some factories, industries, and corporations. It just goes to show that the Mayor and his staff don’t want to see Ferriday progress. Anytime the Mayor of Ferriday has a CONVICTED FFELON(James Skipper) as his right hand man then nothing good can come out of his administration or nothing good can come to Ferriday. He acts like he don’t want to see Ferriday move forward especially when he doesn’t stay in Ferriday and he isn’t from here.

    To Ishmail:

    Ferriday used to be one of the leading production place at one time, even if it was a long time ago and it still can if we  had the right Mayors and people that care instead of people that don’t care in office. Yes we are a ghost town now but it takes people that want to see Ferriday prosper instead of a Crooked Mayor, Convicted Fellons, and etc that isn’t going to do anything but tear it down even more and hire people(women) that they are doing, if you know what I mean. Qualified people can’t work for the town because they do not post the jobs like they suppose to. Its not whether you are qualified but who you are doing(lol) or if you are a part of their click and they like you. That is a shame but somewhat true.

    Our Mayor has a small mind  so therefore we will not go far at all as a town until we can get someone in there that actually cares and we as a people care about placing the right person in there not based on his/her color and whether you know him or not but because he/she has Ferriday best interest at HEART as well as the interest of the people.

  • Anonymous

    The trip to Mansura is right up Allen’s alley! He will be at the Marksville casino for most of the trip , you can bet on that