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|Turkey Creek dam discussed at police jury|
The dam at Turkey Creek was supposedly to be repaired or replaced with $8-10 million some residents of that area believe came with the funding for the RV park.
What became of those plans or that money were questions asked of the Franklin Parish Police Jury by audience members at Thursday's regular monthly meeting.
Jury Ricky Campbell, who represents that district, said there was never money earmarked for the dam, but about two years ago – before Hurricane Katrina – there was a $6 million grant in the works for the dam.
"I wanted them to fix the dam. The dam is $6 million," Campbell said. "When Katrina came through, we didn't get any more (grant) funds."
Campbell said recent legislative efforts were also unsuccessful.
"Noble tried to get funding to repair it and couldn't get it," Campbell said.
More than one audience member said to the jury they were personally told by Ellington the funding was there.
Police juror Leroy Scott said the police jury should go to Baton Rouge and make a face-to-face appeal for dam funding.
"We need to approach the governor and legislature and say the dam is going to break," Scott said.
Juror Jackie Johnson said at one point the jury voted not to accept $8 million for the dam because parish engineer Ken McManus could not determine if changes to the dam could result in flooding to Wisner or Winns-boro.
Other comments regarding Turkey Creek Lake included complaints about the stumps and cypress knees that damage boats, the water level and the dam leaking.
The jury decided to ask Ellington and Sen. Neil Riser to attend the next meeting to address the dam and other Turkey Creek issues.