Oct 28, 2009 4:00 PM by By CHRIS ROSA The Abbeville Meridional
MAURICE, La. (AP) - New businesses set up shop in Maurice almost monthly, but may not be enough to help the village grow into a town.
That would require 86 new residents before the 2010 Census, says Mayor Bob Ferguson.
"We are hoping to reach that magic number of 1,000," said Ferguson. "We are pushing for that number. We would like to be a town, but it is not working to our favor."
Ferguson is calling on anyone who is thinking about moving into the Village of Maurice to do it by March 2010, when he expects the door-to-door census to begin.
Becoming a town would make Maurice eligible for more grant money. Its governnment would grow from three aldermen to five.
Water bills peg the village's current population at 914. Without 1,000 residents, Maurice will continue being a village for another 10 years.
Over the past five months, a fitness club and a Subway Restaurant have opened in Maurice. Robie's Grocery Store plans a new store, to be finished in November 2010, and Rays Quick Stop
plans a diesel island next door.
A new 72-unit apartment complex and 120-bed nursing home are both expected to be constructed in the next 12 months.
Whether the village becomes a town, the mayor and the aldermen are excited about the new businesses.
Information from: The Abbeville Meridional,
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