Satsuma needs 100 signatures to put incorporation on ballot

(Source: Save Satsuma Facebook Page)
(Source: Save Satsuma Facebook Page)
(Source: Save Satsuma Facebook Page)
(Source: Save Satsuma Facebook Page)

SATSUMA, LA (WAFB) - People in Satsuma need about 100 signatures to get their dream of becoming a city on a ballot.

The "Save Satsuma" group started their incorporation campaign about a year ago. Leaders say their goal is to have a voice in the parish decision making.

Leaders say they felt the parish council was making decisions on things like zoning without allowing someone representing the area to have a voice.

"In the meantime, they started talking about building highways through our town," said H.L. Arledge with the Save Satsuma group. "They started talking about putting an airport and flying planes over our houses. Not once did anyone ask our opinion. So that's all we want. We want a seat at the table."

Arledge says the group started getting their incorporation petition signatures a few weeks ago. So far he says, they are half way to the 256 verified signatures they need to get on the ballot in November.

"We have 1,023 registered voters in Satsuma, so we don't have quite the problem of St. George and Watson. We need 256 verified signatures and we're on the ballot in November," says Arledge.

Some parish officials support the people of Satsuma in whatever they decide to do, others have concerns.

"Roadwork and drainage is vital for any community, anywhere; let alone in a parish like Livingston Parish where you have low-lying areas where drainage is a major issue," said Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. "Because that's what eats away at your roads and corrodes your roads and keeps them from lasting as long as they would. That requires a lot of man hours and a lot of money."

Parish President Ricks suggests they look to other areas that have gone through the incorporation process to see what it takes; especially financially.

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