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September 10, 2020

Water Issues Again Takes Center Stage at Franklinton Board of Aldermen Meeting

The Franklinton Board of Aldermen met on Tuesday (September 8, 2020) and once again devoted the bulk of the meeting to water quality issues. At the last meeting on August 25, 2020, Franklinton Public Works Superintendent Reginald McMasters addressed publicized reports, denying that Franklinton has a water crisis or contaminated water. (See http://www.mthermonwebtv.com/2020/08/franklinton-public-works-superintendent.html)

Mike Curtis with Curtis Environmental presented information regarding testing, permitting, issues contained in the recent Louisiana Department of Health Administrative Order, and more (beginning at 3:00 into video of the meeting). Among Curtis' comments was his assertion that Franklinton's drinking water was “great” and is “fantastic water”. He continued with explanations concerning treatments and resulting appearance of the water. Curtis also related that water systems across the northshore experience problems similar to those issues Franklinton is experiencing.

Curtis' statements were challenged by some in attendance and discussions followed. Possible actions to improve the issue were discussed, the most promising seemed to be to institute a more aggressive "flushing" protocol. Flushing of the lines (including flushing the lines inside homes and businesses) would help remove buildup of water contaminants.

In other business, the Board of Aldermen

  • approved the hiring of a full-time utility clerk
  • approved the emergency hiring of a patrolman for the Police Department
  • accepted the retirement resignation of Penny Keigans
  • voted to advertise for the Payroll and Accounts Payable position
  • heard from Paquita Thomas on Footprints 2 Pathways 
  • heard from Seth Descant regarding the water quality issue and responsibility for addressing the issue

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