CLINTON - A Main Street beautification project - a long-awaited facelift for Clinton, East Feliciana’s parish seat - is expected to begin early in 2012, project engineer Gary McClure said.

McClure, of Shread-Kuyrkendall & Associates, of Baton Rouge, told the town’s Board of Aldermen during its meeting Wednesday the project calls for installation of ornamental street lights, new sidewalks, planters with crape myrtles, an irrigation system and up lighting.

The project is funded through a federal transportation enhancement grant, with a 20 percent match by the town.

McClure said the makeover is being coordinated with the state Department of Transportation and Development as part of efforts to improve and widen turning lanes on La. 10 (Main Street) at Plank Road and Liberty Highway.

Other business considered by the board included:

WATER LINE: The board approved extending municipal water service to the city limits at Pretty Creek at the request of resident Ben Dart, who wants to bring town water to his property on the Clinton-Wilson Road.

The board voted 3-0 to lay a 2-inch water line to Pretty Creek. The project will cost about $4,100, maintenance supervisor Russ Hicks said.

Aldermen George Kilbourne, Lisa Washington and Lori Ann Bell voted in favor of the project. Aldermen Johnny Beauchamp and Clovis Matthews were absent. No reason was given for their absences.

CLINTON PARK: Alderwoman Lori Bell told Brentics Jackson, president of the Blue Diamond Civic and Social Club, that the town park remains in deplorable condition and the restrooms are not ready for use.

The town had given Jackson’s club permission to use the park on Saturday to observe its Family Day.

After some discussion, the board voted to install portable toilets for the event.

FIRE STATION: The board agreed to proceed with a contract with its engineering firm, Shread-Kuyrkendall & Associates, to find out how much it would cost to remodel the Pac Tec building on Plank Road for use as a fire station.

Town grant writer James Cook said a $900,000 U.S. Agriculture Department Community Facilities grant is available to help fund the firehouse project.