Farmerville, Louisiana is still having a "traffic problem"...the kind that most communities in America would love to have.
Farmerville is a cross-roads for North Central Louisiana and Southern Arkansas. Our progressive community is blessed to have many fine businesses (some new and some that have been here for several years) in our community. Many, many newcomers are moving to our area and retiring on the shores of "Beautiful Lake D'Arbonne." Pronounced DAR-BONE.
Farmerville is the Parish Seat of Union Parish, and the entire Parish is a "Certified Retirement Community." Our very active Chamber of Commerce worked diligently to obtain this state recognition. Yes, as mentioned above we are a "progressive" community...however....we pride ourselves in also being an AGGRESSIVE community. The message you are reading is an open invitation for you to visit Farmerville and our surrounding area.
In the last 4 to 6 years, Farmerville has been fortunate in obtaining many grants from the State, Delta Regional Authority and USDA. We have purchased much needed equipment for our employees and shelter for our equipment. Improving the quality of our drinking water has been a top priority, and we have ozone treatment just around the corner. Working together with other government agencies has and continues to be very rewarding.
Our largest grant to date is form a 2.2 million dollar loan to up-grade our water system using ozone treatment. Sewer up-grades are being completed as I write this letter. Securing these grants is always difficult and time consuming...however...once we receive any grant we are always excited and appreciative.
Foster Farms Poultry Plant is getting another face lift for their water tanks, and we are always on the look-out to maintain the integrity of their water system. Foster Farms is truly a "God-Send" to not only Farmerville and Union Parish, but all of North Louisiana. They are great neighbors and employ some 1300 workers.
The new equipment we purchased in 2011-2013 is all working very well, and it makes me happy knowing our employees have what they need to keep our town running smoothly. You must remember we have been voted Cleanest town in Category E for the State's Cleanest City award in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Hopefully we can make it 4 in a row this April. Needed street repairs have been addressed and are now completed. Of course, there are other street repairs needed and hopefully we can address these in the not-too-distant future.
We have completed our annexation on Hwy. 33 South. This will help us better serve the new D'Arbonne Woods Charter School.
Farmerville has one of the highest-rated Volunteer Fire Depts. in the State. This includes volunteers and equipment. We have 18 fire trucks and 5 satellite stations. All of the above help greatly in keeping a rating that helps our citizens save money on their fire insurance.
Finding a place to worship is certainly no problem. You will not have to go far to find a Church Home for you and your family. I guarantee you will be welcomed with open arms. Eating out....my goodness there are many, many good restaurants everywhere one looks. Seafood, southern cooking and soul food, and of course burgers are among your many choices.
Before I close I want to share with you about our up and coming Culture District. It's name is "D'Arbonne Culture District". This venture will coincide with our Down-town Restoration. Look for periodic updates as we progress.
All in all, we have it pretty good here in tall pine country. Lake D'Arbonne is absolutely beautiful and our State Park on Hwy. 2 West is extremely clean, well maintained and usually has a waiting list for cabins and travel trailer and RV slots. Farmerville also has a great 9-hole golf course and clubhouse. Union Parish High School recently won the AAA State Championship in football. Water sports, fishing and hunting are all 5-Star in Union Parish...You are warmly encouraged to come for a visit.
~Mayor Stein Baughman