Franklinton sewer repairs complete

Published 8:34 am Friday, August 15, 2014

Repairs to the sewer plant topped Tuesday’s business at the Mayor and Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday evening at the Municipal Building in Franklinton.

A center wall of the plant collapsed approximately six months ago. Repairs cost the town $363,000 to complete. A grant awarded the town $165,000. The Board accepted a change order for the project that added a Sequencing Batch Reactor.

“This change order affects the time, not the contract price of the project,” said civil engineer Kiley Bates, owner of Spangler Engineering Co. in Hammond, which did the repair work. “The equipment is installed and in place. Instead of a temporary valve and piping, we installed permanent valves and piping.”

Mayor Wayne Fleming said the town was fortunate in that it had a backup plan.

“We were fortunate Delta Regional came up with $165,000 for the project,” Fleming said. “We had our old sewer plant closed down and put it back in operation. All we had to do was turn a valve on the old one, repipe it and recondition it.”

Concerning the sewer system, the board approved substantial completion of the SBR project. Tuesday’s meeting was the first day of the 45-day lien period to begin. The board changed the completion date to July 29, 2014.

In other business, the Board accepted a resolution authorizing Fleming to execute the USDA Rural Development Grant agreement for two police patrol vehicles. The USDA grant is $50,000, with $20,041 matching funds by the town.

The Board of Aldermen also approved a motion to adjust the Fire Department budget and Enterprise Fund budget. The Board agreed to add $6,000 from the Enterprise Fund to the Fire Department budget and transfer use of the Fire Department brush truck to Public Works.

The Board also renewed Sav-A-Lot grocery store’s beer license.

Alderman John Daniel brought before the Board problems he said the town has with wording of the curfew and baggy pants ordinances. The Board discussed the new wording in the ordinances but took no action.

“Citizens have asked Chief Donald Folse to increase patrols and look at our ordinances concerning curfews,” Daniel said. “We want to make everybody aware of what the curfew is. Some of the new wording spells out curfew laws. What we trying to do is cut down on some of these gatherings.”

Franklinton currently has a curfew ordinance on the books. It is unlawful for anyone under 17 to be out between 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings or on mornings of legal holidays without good reason and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Regarding the saggy pants dilemma, Daniel said the Board planned to add the words “exposure of undergarments with non-sexual intent.” to the ordinance. Daniel said he would have to check with a judge to see what the town’s options are on the subject.

“I see no reason we should see kids hanging out on the streets at 11 o’clock at night,” board member T.J. Butler said, adding, “Mr. Daniel, I’m with you 100 percent. I don’t want to see anybody’s underwear.”