Jonesville hopes to use Ferriday YMCA for programs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2001

JONESVILLE, La. – A steering committee working to establish a YMCA branch in Ferriday is asking the Town of Jonesville for $25,000, committee member Alex Promise said Tuesday.

The Town of Jonesville is looking at the possibility of using some of the YMCA’s services and perhaps establishing some Y programs in the town, Promise said. It is not yet known exactly what facilities or programs could be involved.

Neither Jonesville Mayor Billy Edwards nor Councilwoman Josie Bullitts, the latter of whom has inquired about the possibility of taking part in the Y effort, could be reached for comment Tuesday. Promise said steering committee members met with Jonesville officials on the matter March 29.

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As it now stands, the YMCA branch would serve all of Concordia Parish. Promise said he and other committee members plan to attend the Concordia Parish Police Jury’s April 9 meeting.

&uot;We’re not asking for money from the jury, just for their support,&uot;&160;Promise said. But he did say that the committee could solicit funding in the future from Recreation District No. 3, which serves the Vidalia area and is a subdivision of the jury.

&uot;This is the first I’ve heard of that,&uot; said George Cupit, chairman of the Recreation District No. 3 Board. &uot;It’s too early to say whether we’d be in favor of that or even whether it would be legal for us to donate money.

&uot;They would have to come before the board with a formal request; the whole board would have to talk about it,&uot; Cupit said.

Money could also be solicited from the Town of Vidalia in the future, Promise said.

But Mayor Hyram Copeland could not be reached for comment Tuesday. The amount of money that would be requested has not yet been set.

Vidalia resident Windell Millicks said Tuesday he and Alderman Carter Warner will probably set up meetings in Vidalia to discuss the Y effort with community leaders.

&uot;But we’re going to hold off on that until we see further developments (regarding the project) in Ferriday,&uot; Millicks said.