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The Ferriday Board of Aldermen introduced an ordinance to raise sewerage rates, seeking an increase from $3 to $5 for residential customers.

A Louisiana Community Development Block sewer grant awarded to the town two years ago was available after its recent audit was approved.

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

Ferriday Mayor Sherrie McMahon said a new law states that the town cannot get a penny of the grant until a study is done on sewer rates, which led to the proposed $2 increase.

Alderwoman Gail Pryor asked why aldermen were not told about the increase when they approved the lift station.

"I think we need to get some clarification and verification," Pryor said.

Alderwoman Gloria Lloyd said the lift stations are needed.

McMahon said Ken Terry with the Louisiana Rural Water Association will be at a special Ferriday Town Meeting Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. to discuss the proposed increase.

The special meeting is being held to adopt the town budget before the fiscal year ends at the end of the month.

A public hearing will be held on the budget and the sewer rate increase.

A new animal welfare law used by the parish will also be discussed at the special meeting.

"We've been trying to find an animal welfare law with more teeth," McMahon said. "Our current law was put into place when Woody Davis was in office."

Lloyd wanted to be assured that no dogs would be put to sleep.

McMahon explained that in the Midwest and Northeast, they have stricter animal welfare laws.

"Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi transport dogs up there through a program because there are people waiting to adopt them," McMahon said.

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