City tweaks rules

Published 11:51 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2007

FERRIDAY — The Ferriday Historical District is in the process of tweaking its historic downtown guidelines.

Historic District member Carol Tomko updated the Ferriday Downtown Revitalization Committee on the historic district’s plans Wednesday.

The district met Sept. 10, and discussed clarifying guidelines for the historic downtown area to be more specific, Tomko said.

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One example of how the guidelines are being made more specific is in regard to window replacement.

“One guy in the district had a broken window, and so he replaced the pane with a fiberglass window,” Tomko said. “It was kind of ugly and warped with the heat.”

Other areas needing clarifying include sign regulation, business overhangs and flower pots in the streets, Tomko said.

The town has declared a historic district and has passed ordinances for the historic district’s preservation in an effort to become a certified local government.

Becoming a certified local government would open the town up to be able to apply for certain grants.

The Ferriday historic district reaches from Florida Avenue to Mickey Gilley Alley and from First Street to E.E. Wallace Boulevard, and includes both sides of the boundary streets.

Once the district has everything in place, it will be the Town of Ferriday that actually enforces the ordinances, and the Historic District committee will serve in an advisory capacity to the town, Tomko said.

Developers will submit building plans to the town, and if the building is to be in the historic district the town will forward those plans to the committee.

The committee will then point out where the project does and does not comply with the historic guidelines before sending the project back to the town. The town will be the final approving body on any project, Tomko said.

If enforcement of the ordinances is going to work, everyone — including ordinary citizens — is going to have to get involved, member Liz Brooking said.

“We’re going to have to let people know when someone isn’t in compliance,” she said. “We can’t expect the mayor to do it all.”