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|Police jury to help with fences|
Representatives of the Franklin Parish Black Achievers Association (FPBAA) were successful in securing partial funding for new fences at the Westside Park ball fields from the Franklin Parish Police Jury at Thursday's regular meeting.
The jury agreed to pay $2,000 toward the cost of fencing materials for the park in Winnsboro.
Jacqueline Johnson, president of the FPBAA, addressed the jury, saying the purpose of the organization is to develop or improve community areas, and Westside Park is their focus right now.
"We're here to solicit the jury's help and support in getting the new fences," Johnson said.
Johnson and members of the FPBAA, secured most of the funding from the city at February's Winnsboro City Council meeting, and since then made arrangements with Sheriff Steve Pylant for inmates to do the labor. The city council requested the organization ask the police jury if it could help with the project.
Craig Gill, a Winnsboro council member who serves on the city's recreation committee, applauded the jury's move to help offset the cost of the fence.
"This project is an example of the city and parish working together to improve the community as a whole. The fence at Westside Park has never been replaced, and the city doesn't have the resources to manage the entire cost," Gill said. "With the police jury's help, and that of the sheriff's office, the city will be able to offer more recreation to our young people."
Johnson asked that the fences be replaced by April 15 on the two fields where younger and older girls play softball.
She said for the first time businesses have bought sponsorship placards, but the fence is so unstable and filled with so many holes it can't hold them up.
Members of the police jury voted unanimously to allocate the funds for the project and thanked the FPBAA for their attendance and bringing the issue to the jury.