Lake Commission accepts offer from local business

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Read Lumber to upgrade docks at 2 locations

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  • The dock at Ruston Ramp Rd Byron Avery
    The dock at Ruston Ramp Rd Byron Avery
  • The dock at Jake’s Landing Byron Avery
    The dock at Jake’s Landing Byron Avery
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Tuesday’s Lake Commission meeting in Farmerville went as planned. Agenda items were discussed, in order as they appeared on the agenda. There was very little out of the ordinary.

But right near the end, at the point just before adjourn, where the agenda item is: H. Public Comment; Commissioners and others in attendance received a shock.

Blake Simpson, general manager for Read Lumber in Farmerville, got up and addressed the Commission. “We have a project in mind, if you guys are open to doing it,” Simpson began. “Jakes Landing and Ramp Road, to me, are two of the busiest ramps, and they’re a little neglected. They are starting to rot.”

At this point it seemed like another complaint about rundown docks and problems with the public ramps was about to be shared. But, Simpson had something different in mind.

“The Lake Commission has been good to Read Lumber, and we want to give back.”

That got everyone’s attention. “We want to take those docks down to the poles, re-joist them, put the deck boards on. Have that completely done for you guys, put some edging around the corners. Really dress them up. Just completely new decks. And we want to cover all that cost for you guys.”

Simpson said the business had wanted to start the project before the coming drawdown, which is scheduled to begin September 8, but the water is still a little high. So, rebuilding will take place once the water is down.

Once the Commissioners expressed their thanks, they quickly offered a motion to accept the project and the vote was, of course, unanimous.