Water tower rehab continues in city
Rehabilitation of the water tower near Foster Street is moving along.
Water plan operator Bernard Daniels told the Franklin City Council that interior coating is 75 percent complete but due to humidity it only can be done in the late afternoons. Sandblasting and priming the legs of the tower are about 25 percent done.
Daniels asked local residents for patience with blowing sand and noise.
“We have some good people living in that area and I trust and hope they understand what we’re doing,” Mayor Raymond Harris. “It’s kind of a necessary nuisance to get it done.”
Arlana Shields, development director, also reported that the Bayou Beau Arts and Dance Program is set for this summer. There are 40 enrolled in the dance class, five of whom are adults. There are 15 slots left for kids and five for adults. She will keep a waiting list of 20 children and 10 adults in case of drops.
The class starts June 14 at Broussard-Harris recreation Center, with tryouts set June 15 for placement in classes according to their abilities.
Visual arts classes are full, Shields said, with waiting list openings available. Five slots are available for each of the three classes.
Dance recital and art display will be July 27 at the recreation center starting at 5 p.m.
A sewing class is under development, and possibly cooking and carpentry classes, Shields said.
—An ordinance was introduced renewing the city’s tax millage. It is unchanged.
—Ordinances were adopted authorizing the current and upcoming fiscal and capital outlay budgets.
—Resolutions were approved lifting the open alcohol container law for the Bayou Teche Bear Festival, with glass containers still not allowed. The fireworks ban for the Bear Festival and Relay for Life also was lifted.