Engineering to Begin on More Downtown Projects

Engineering and design services for two more streets in the Ruston Downtown Revitalization Project was scheduled at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council.

Monroe Street from the railroad north to West Alabama, and Bonner Street from East Park Avenue northward to East Alabama are next up for construction. Actual construction won’t begin on Monroe until late 2017, and on Bonner in 2018, according to City Administrator Ed Pittman.

Said Pittman, “We could submit to do this (Bonner) concurrently with Monroe Street – we’re not sure that’s wise. It would probably be better to do it immediately following the improvement on Monroe Street.”

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Dan Hollingsworth read the resolution recognizing the late Elmore Mayfield’s service as District Two Alderman. It passed by acclamation.

In a related development, sources have told Lincoln Parish News Online (LPNO) that Mayfield’s eldest daughter has expressed interest in serving out the remainder of her father’s unexpired term. The term ends in December of this year, with regular elections for all the council and mayor set for November.

Some Commentary

We have covered meetings of the Ruston Board of Aldermen for five years now, since the summer of 2009. We’ve not missed very many meetings during that time.

We cannot recall a single time that Elmore Mayfield was not fully engaged and knowledgeable about the issues that came before the council. Not afraid to have his say, or be the only contrary vote, Mayfield was a committed public servant.

Mayfield’s constituents were were served ably, and they should be very proud of the representation he gave them for the City of Ruston.

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