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|Public hearing held on Turkey Creek plan|
Franklin Parish residents living inside and outside the city of Winnsboro made their voices heard at a public hearing on Wednesday concerning Mayor Jackie Johnson's proposed Turkey Creek Development Project.
Some at the meeting supported the plan, but conversation was centered on fears over flooding the project might cause and concerns about the cost of a feasibility study and who would pay for it.
"We have called this meeting for community input for development of Turkey Creek. We feel it's a good idea to bring jobs to our community and to help existing businesses grow," Johnson told the crowd gathered at Winnsboro City Court Building. "With the development of Turkey Creek, we have an opportunity to use the real estate to create many, many jobs. That is just my view and we want to get a point of view from people who the development would affect."
Johnson was given the input he asked for by concerned residents at the meeting, which lasted about an hour and a half.
Johnson's plan for a development on Turkey Creek consists of annexing portions of land south of Winnsboro, located from Riser Road to Green-light Road, into city limits.
The plan has the potential to incorporate 30 to 40 residences into the city, according to city officials.
Johnson would like to develop the region as a recreation area, which he believes would attract business and tourists to Winnsboro.
The first phase of the project would a feasibility study that would be conducted by New Orleans-based engineering firm Volkert, Inc.; Perez APC, an architectural firm based in New Orleans; with grant writers from Baton Rouge-based ComNet LLC
Representatives from Volkert have said that the study would cost an estimated $1.8 million dollars, but members of Johnson's administration have assured it "won't cost the citizens of Winnsboro a dime."
Johnson's promise had some at the meeting asking for clarification about exactly from where the money would come.
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