City recognized for sidewalk project
Franklin received an honorable mention in the 2012 Community Achievement Awards Competition for outstanding community improvement in community development at the Louisiana Municipal Association Conference in Monroe on Aug. 3.
The award was in recognition of the city’s “Safe Routes to Schools” project, a federally funded project that did not require local matching funds to the amount awarded.
“Safe Routes to Schools” provided for new sidewalks on ten streets: Chinaberry Street, Joan Drive, Pecan Drive, Martin Luther King Boulevard, J.A. Hernandez Street, Sixth Street, Ninth Street, Trainor Street, East Third Street and Morris Street.
The project was supported by St. Mary Parish School’s Superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard and the principals of J.A. Hernandez, W.P. Foster and LaGrange elementaries and Franklin Junior High.
“The ‘Safe Routes to Schools’ project was needed to improve the lives of our children, to increase their access to their neighborhood schools, to provide them with a safe manner to get their daily exercise and to give their parents extra time in the morning and peace of mind when they send their children off to school each day,” Mayor Raymond Harris said.
The Community Achievement Award competition is sponsored by the Louisiana Municipal Association, the Louisiana Department of Economic Development and the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association.