Residents and visitors visiting our hospital and health services corridor and one of our heavily pedestrian traveled walkways toward our downtown area will encounter new sidewalks which offer more accessibility and safety. Improvements at our Veterans Park include a new ramp and pad area for our veterans who are in wheelchairs or motorized vehicles to better access the park area.
We are proud of our citizens who are investing in Tallulah by opening new businesses in our downtown, in our cultural district and in our inner urban areas. Not only does this help improve the quality of life in Tallulah, it adds to our overall aesthetics and helps improve our beautification efforts. Currently, we are working with State of Louisiana officials to become a Certified Local Government and a part of the Main Street Program. The revitalization of our downtown is especially important to Tallulah, as it is to most small rural villages, towns and cities. It is my goal to return to Tallulah to its glory days when our main street was home to a plethora of businesses and a gathering place for our residents.
We have re-vamped our City Park and over this past spring and summer our residents were able to enjoy outdoor sporting activities for children and family events sponsored by the City. Our future plans include outdoor concerts and other family friendly occasions
The City of Tallulah was recently awarded $22million for the construction of a new water plant. The project is expected to take between 36-48 months for completion. While we wait for the new water plant to be constructed, the City of Tallulah will use a $50,000 grant for upgrades at our current water plant with the purchase of a new clarifier. Once the clarifier is in place, our water team will begin looking toward clearing sludge buildup out of identified wells to help improve the quality of water for our citizens.
In conjunction with the construction of the new water plant, the City of Tallulah will use a $1.2 million grant for upgrades at our wastewater treatment plant. Tallulah now uses a 260 overland wastewater treatment design and the new upgrades will lessen the environmental impact while freeing more than 200 acres of land for potential development along our portion of the I-20 corridor.
A $1.9 million FEMA grant for draining projects in the City will commence in 2016, which will help alleviate flooding issues that significantly impact citizens in certain areas of Tallulah.
As Mayor, my most important goal while in office is to work hard toward improving the quality of life in Tallulah. Economic development is also very important to me. As a member of the Mississippi River Towns and Cities Initiative, it is my job to market Tallulah as a viable opportunity for new businesses-especially with our river,
rail and road way transportation. We are set to become the next big thing in Northeast Louisiana!
Madison Parish is home to an eclectic mix of history. We are the birthplace of Delta Airlines and also the home of Madame C.J. Walker, America's first African American female millionaire. With a great number of tourist sites that are listed on the national register and an outstanding array of outdoor activities, Tallulah is a great city to visit and even a greater place to live!