The Franklinton Board of Aldermen meeting Tuesday (September 22, 2020) evening was well-attended by the public and once again mainly devoted to discussing the town's water quality. The Mayor and Aldermen facilitated a lengthy but informative meeting that included questions from the public and responses. Taking center stage were representatives of the Louisiana Department of Health, who regulates water systems. (Beginning at 5:00 into video of the meeting). Also present were Louisiana State Representative Malinda White and Senator Beth Mizell.
At issue primarily are complaints of discolored or “brown” water and charges of contamination. The issue has been before the Board of Aldermen at the last two meetings. Click here for the stories and view the video. Similar issues are experienced by neighboring water systems. On March 13, 2018 WWLTV's Ashley Rodrigue reported on similar issues in Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes. (Click here for that story).
At the beginning of LDH's comments, Mayor Dillon asked “Does the Town of Franklinton have contaminated water?” The answer was unclear and became very technical. What is clear is that the public is not happy and that LDH's regulations, designed to make the water safe, is at the same time contributing to the discolored water problem.
What is also clear is that the Mayor, the Aldermen, the Public Works Superintendent, Spangler Engineering, and LDH are working toward a solution. And the public is impatiently waiting.