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Local governments not seeing funding

VIDALIA — With money tight at the state level, local governmental bodies weren’t on the receiving end of much funding when the state legislative session closed earlier this week.

Ferriday Mayor Glen McGlothin said the town has applied for a number of grants, but the only funding it secured for sure was $35,000 for equipment at the water plant.

“These are pieces of equipment that are getting old, things that we need to change out now to make (the plant) last these next two years,” he said.

With the ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and decreasing revenue statewide, McGlothin said he expects that a significant portion of future state funds will be directed to recovery efforts.

“I imagine a lot of money will be heading south,” he said.

“Like everybody else, I am looking for things to dry up for a while.”

Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland also noted the state’s financial situation when it came to the funding of local projects.

“This has been one of the years that is tightest since I have been engaged in politics,” he said.

The allocation Vidalia will receive is an approximately $420,000 Louisiana Community Development Block Grant, which Copeland said passed the legislature but awaits the governor’s signature.

The funds will be used to place a new liner in aging sewer lines on the north side of town.

“If we get that (grant), it will help tremendously,” Copeland said. “I feel (the governor) will sign it strictly because it is needed because of the issues we have there.”

Police Jury President Melvin Ferrington said the jury had requested capital outlay funds to help address drainage and flow problems in Cocodrie Bayou, but he said he did not think the jury received the funds.