The Ferriday Town Council unanimously agreed to adjust rental fees for Haney's Big House and Ferriday Hall Tuesday night during its regular meeting.

Both of these facilities are available to citizens to rent for various activities.

The previous fees were $450 for Ferriday Hall and $250 for Haney's.

The board voted to up the fee to $550 with a $50 deposit for Ferriday Hall and to raise the fee for Haney’s to $350 fee with a $50 deposit.

Mayor Sherrie McMahon said both facilities usually need considerable clean-up afterward and sometimes small repairs are made.

Alderman Andre Keys said ceiling and floor repairs are needed at Ferriday Hall.

Town Clerk Sharon Kelly said Ferriday Hall has bookings through 2020. Current bookings will not be affected by the new rates.

"Sharon will go by each place after an event to decide if the deposit will be returned," McMahon said.

On another matter, Alderman Glenn Henderson asked aldermen to consider a cooperative endeavor agreement with Recreation District No. 1 for the pool and tennis courts at Learned Park.

Henderson said the recreation district presently cuts the grass at Learned Park.

He said the agreement was needed because the recreation district wants to look into re-opening the pool.

"This does not mean it will be re-opened," Henderson said.

Alderwoman Gloria Lloyd said the town would not be responsible for any costs.

Henderson assured her the recreation district would handle all costs. But he said there the pool would not be opened this year.

Lloyd said a company from New York inspected the pool in 2008 and felt it was not repairable.

Henderson said the tennis courts could be made ready for use this year.

The board asked town attorney Myisha Davis, who also represents the recreation district, to look into the matter.

The Recreation District No. 1 meets next Thursday.

McMahon told the board that an LDCG sewer grant awarded to the town two years ago could be used since its recent audit has been completed.

The $360,732 grant will be used to build new lift stations on Fudickar and Concordia Avenue.

The board agreed to keep its millage at 13.0 mills for property and 9.73 for fire and protection millage.

Occupational licenses were granted to Roses and Two Lake Tackle & More. Roses is a convenience store on Delaware Avenue that drew complaints from Lloyd previously because of noise.

Deandranae Sheppard assured Lloyd there would be no problems and that a large boom box was taken out.

"It will close at 10 p.m.," she said. "I have kids, so I can assure you there will be no problems."

An alcohol license was also approved, with a no vote from Henderson.

Sheppard said the alcohol would be sold from the convenience store side.

McMahon said Two Lake Tackle & More will be a convenience store in Jack Myer's building off First Street.

Steve May, who is running for Senate District 32, introduced himself to the board. May is former sheriff of Caldwell Parish,

Keys said free books and hot dogs would be distributed on April 27 at 11:30 a.m. at the park at E.E. Wallace and Delaware Avenue. The event is sponsored by Keys and Davis.

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