New Plain Dealing mayor familiar with office

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New mayor previously served 6 years

Amanda Simmons
amanda@bossierpress.com

David Smith is stepping back into public office and ready to get to work.

Plain Dealing’s mayor-elect is confident about his upcoming transition for two reasons — he served as the town’s mayor in 1999 to 2005 and he received 78 percent of the total votes on Nov. 8.

Smith called it a decisive victory.

“It makes you feel good to know that people have confidence in you,” he said. “I’ve lived here 37 years and have close ties to the community. I’ve been in this position before and have an idea of what the job entails. I know what needs to be done for us to move forward.”

The first item on Smith’s to do list is to get back into the swing of things, like attending town council meetings. The town’s budget for next year and Plain Dealing schools are two of his concerns right now.

Bossier Parish Schools is exploring ways to reconfigure their two school campuses, which could include closing or consolidating schools. Smith attended the town hall meeting with Bossier Schools Superintendent Scott Smith and board member Bill Lott and is eager for the two to come back with an update.

“They promised us another meeting once they have more information,” Smith said. “If you don’t have schools in your town, you’re going down the wrong road. People who are interested in coming here to live or bring a business here, the first question they ask is what the school situation is. Our schools are very important to us.”

Another priority is the town’s water system.

“We’ve been having a lot of problems with our water system and having to send letters out about the water not passing the test,” Smith previously told the Press-Tribune. “It seems like we get letters pretty often. That will be one of the things I address. When I was in there last, I maybe had to send out two or three of those in six years. It seems like now we’re getting them every two or three months. We’re not alone in that. A lot of the little towns with these small water systems are having the same problems because the state has raised some of the levels that you have to chlorinate the water, which causes the other things in there to get out of kilter. The town has taken some steps to fix that, but one of my goals is to not have those letters going out like that.”