Farmerville, Louisiana is still having a "traffic problem" - the type of problem every small town in America would LOVE to have.
In-state and out-of-state people are interested in our progressive community because there are countless business opportunities in and around our town. Many are already moving here to enjoy retirement along the banks of beautiful Lake D'Arbonne (pronounced "dar-bone").
Farmerville is the Parish Seat of Union Parish, and Union Parish is a "Certified Retirement Community." Our Chamber of Commerce worked diligently to obtain this state recognition. Earlier I mentioned the word "progressive." I want to share with you that we are also "AGGRESSIVE" in our betterment efforts. This message is an open invitation for you to visit Farmerville and see everything that is being accomplished.
In the realm of improvements, we have been most fortunate to have completed some older projects, and starting many new ventures from "scratch." We have already finished many of our recently begun projects, and of course have "brand new" endeavors ready to proceed.
We did receive a grant from Delta Regional Authority for $250,000 to assist us with our water and sewer project on Hwy. 33 South, and that project is currently underway. Securing grants is always challenging, but so rewarding once they are secured.
Our Water Department is in the process of getting a new filter system for our Town's water supply. With ozone filtration, our municipal water should be crystal clear for many years to come.
We have just begun a really big project at Foster Farms Poultry Plant to give them a much-needed facelift and to maintain the integrity of their water system. Foster Farms has been a "GOD-SEND." Their company is such a good neighbor, having already enlarged their plant and put over 1,350 people back to work.
Recently our town purchased two new police vehicles, and will continue adding to our fleet of police cars to ensure continued dependable security.
In 2011 with the assistance of the USDA, we acquired 4 new Kubota Tractors, 2 bush hog cutters, a finishing mower and a side cutter. Our town also has a new excavator, dump truck, sanitation truck, plus a building to protect them from weather. This new equipment combined our employees’ positive attitudes propelled our town into first place in Cleanest City Contest 2011, Category E.
Beginning this spring we are initiating street repairs to the tune of approximately $1,275,000, and the abandoned vehicle and condemned housing cleanup is in place and working very well.
Finally, we have taken steps to annex a portion of Hwy. 33 South into the corporate city limits of Farmerville. This move will better accommodate a new Charter School and business ventures in this area.
Meanwhile, Farmerville has a Volunteer Fire Department that is second to none. This includes our volunteers and their equipment. We have 18 fire trucks and 5 satellite stations. These satellite stations greatly reduce fire insurance costs.
Finding a great place to eat in Farmerville is easy since we enjoy choosing from many types of foods found throughout the South. Locating a church home in Farmerville is no problem either. We have many churches spread throughout our area with welcome arms open to meet your family's needs. Yes sir … we have some fine congregations in our community.
All in all we have it "pretty good" here in tall pine country. Lake D'Arbonne is absolutely beautiful, and our Lake D'Arbonne State Park on Hwy. 2 West is clean, well maintained, and always has a waiting list for cabins, travel trailers and motor homes. Water sports, fishing and hunting are all 5A recreations in Union Parish. Please give us a look!
Mayor M. Stein Baughman, Jr.