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The Winnsboro Farmer’s Market has a tentative opening of March 1, said Mayor Sonny Dumas.

Along with the earlier opening date, Dumas said he hopes the market will have extended days of operation. The Winnsboro Farmer’s Market was open Saturday mornings last season, but Dumas hopes it will open three to five days a week for the new season.

“Hopefully, we will have more produce and more people participating,” Dumas said.

In other business, Winnsboro’s budget manager Cal Pierce and Winnsboro’s certified public accountant Doyle Hassell continue to work on the town’s budget per a request from independent auditors J. Walker & Company, Dumas said.

Along with reworking the current administration’s budget, the auditors requested the town “straighten out the books” from former Winnsboro Mayor Jackie Johnson’s administration in which many records were left incomplete or missing.

“They are nearing competition of Winnsboro’s budget and will hopefully be able to present it at the next meeting,” Dumas said.

On another front, Dumas said Winnsboro was willing to work with the Franklin Parish Police Jury to do “what we can” to finish the Franklin Parish Activity Center located on La. Hwy 15.

In the past year, the Activity Center was the location for several events ranging from horse shows to a tractor pull but remains unfinished. The completion of the center calls for the addition of restrooms, a conference room, concession stand and gravel parking lot.

The Police Jury is seeking Capital Outlay from the state to assist in completing the Activity Center.

“This is more than just a horse pavilion,” Dumas said. “We want our people to get involved with the (Franklin Parish Activity Center) events.”

Dumas said the center was good for the area and would generate tax dollars to help support Winnsboro.

“We want to work with the Police Jury to finish the center,” Dumas said.

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