- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - People in the unincorporated community of 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 decision making in Livingston Parish.

WAFB-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1llAso5 ) group leaders say they felt the parish council was making decisions on things like zoning without allowing someone representing the now-unincorporated area to have a voice.

“In the meantime, they started talking about building highways through our town,” said H.L. Arledge, a spokesman for 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 said they have 1,023 registered voters in Satsuma and need just 256 verified signatures to get on November’s ballot. He says they’re about 100 signatures from that goal.

Some parish officials support Satsuma’s quest, while 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 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.”

Ricks suggests the group looks to other areas that have gone through the incorporation process to see what it takes; especially financially.

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Information from: WAFB-TV, http://wafb.com

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