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|New fencing sought for Westside Park|
Members of the Franklin Parish Black Achievers Association (FPBAA) attended the Winnsboro City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19 and requested the city pay to have the fence around the girls' softball fields in Westside Park replaced by the first of April, before spring play begins.
Speaking for the group, vice president Rochelle Kelly addressed the council, and said, "We are here tonight to ask for help with Westside Park. We need a new fence. Can you please replace that fence at Westside Park?"
Kelly asked that a new fence, or repairs to the old one, be made by April 1, before softball season starts.
Mayor Jack Hammons said the city would get an estimate on replacing or repairing the fence and see if it was in the recreation budget. He noted that in other city parks, the leagues that play there pay for the equipment and maintenance.
"The leagues pay for all the improvements to these parks," Hammons said.
Hammons suggested the police jury be approached about helping with the fencing and perhaps the cost could be shared between the jury and the city.
Councilmember Betty Johnson said she had contacted police jury member Leroy Scott about funding for the fence.
"I spoke to him about helping us with the fence," Johnson said.
Kelly and FPBAA president Jackie Johnson, said they will make the request and submit the estimate to the police jury as soon as possible.
The city of Winnsboro has a recreation fund of about $60,000 annually. The majority of that is for utilities, mowing and maintenance.
Johnson said she'd like to see the fence at the younger girls' softball park replaced as well.
"This is something we are determined to do, and we need the community's support and help to get it done," Johnson said.