S. Farmerville Subdivision Permit Denied

Approval for a South Farmerville Street residential development was denied at last night’s meeting of the Ruston City Council in a 3-2 vote. It was a departure from what is normally a tightly scripted meeting format that rarely lasts more than 30 minutes.

The proposal was to subdivide into 10 lots a four-acre parcel located north of Martin Luther King between South Farmerville and Kirkland Street. No construction was included in the proposal, but the individual lots could be sold or developed in the future.

Making the motion was Bruce Siegmund, with Jim Pearce seconding. The three votes against the resolution were Jedd Lewis, Carolyn Cage, and Angela Mayfield.

Several area residents spoke against the resolution, with most of their concerns centered on additional traffic on what they said were streets that were already too narrow.

Lincoln Parish Police Juror Sharyon Mayfield: “The roads are very narrow. I have a problem how we’re going to get emergency vehicles through there.”

Mildred Hill: “That street is too narrow for two cars to pass conveniently.”

Mary Moore: “When are we going to bring our street’s width up to the width of all other residential streets? We don’t have sidewalks, and our children do ride bicycles and cars are coming by.”

It was noted that no one came to the Planning and Zoning meeting to speak for or against the proposed subdivision.

Ward Five’s Bruce Siegmund said that he supported the action, as Ruston was short of affordable housing.

In other business, the council approved an architect and engineer for a fire station to replace the existing station on West California near the Louisiana Tech campus.

Also, an agenda item for engineering services related to sidewalk improvements on East Mississippi Avenue was postponed indefinitely by Mayor Ronny Walker.

One Response to “S. Farmerville Subdivision Permit Denied”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    It should be noted that councilmen are briefed by the mayor on each agenda item prior to meetings, seldom speak out during the meetings, and as a rule, ALWAYS vote the way the mayor dictates.

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