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    New Ville Platte Rotary Club President Richard LeJeune conducted his first meeting of the organization today (Tuesday) at the Family Life Center. The new slate of officers include: Le Jeune as Club President, President Elect-Nicole Wenger, Vice President Peter Strawitz, Past President-Wayne Vidrine, Secretary- Susan Saunders, Treasurer- Vic Slaven, Sgt.at Arms-Dr. Jerry Veillon , Song Master-Dr. Joey Soileau .

   LeJeune said he wants the rotary club to get more involved in the community by introducing two new projects-Prepare Christmas baskets for ten needy families and to have club members bring two unwrapped toys to give to needy children of our area around the holidays.

   The new club president urged members to consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow by donating to Rotary International.

   He also said popular community projects such as the Choices program in schools and scholarships to LSUE and Camp RYLLA will continue.

    The club welcomed its two newest members: Renee Brown, director of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and Margie Mealer, new librarian for the Evangeline Parish Library.



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     Qualifying for the November 6 Primary election begins this Wednesday July 18-Friday July 20 at the Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court’s office.

     Local voters will vote on a new Secretary of State and for Congressman in the 4th District that runs from Eunice and Evangeline Parish all the way to Arkansas line.

    In local races, all 13 members of the Evangeline Parish School Board will be up for re -election in November.

    Also, there will be municipal elections in Ville Platte, Mamou, Chataignier and Turkey Creek.

    In each municipality, voters will vote on mayor, chief of police and for alderman. The only exception is Turkey Creek where the chief position is now an appointed office. Voters will vote on Mayor, chief of police and 6 aldermen in Ville Platte, Mayor, police chief and five aldermen  in Mamou, Mayor, police chief and three aldermen in  Chataignier and Mayor and three aldermen in  Turkey Creek

  If a runoff is needed, the general election  is set for December 8.



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   Belle Maison Apartment representatives Rhett Holmes and Bryan Bates addressed the Ville Platte City Council Tuesday, with plans to develop a 9-million-dollar apartment complex that would provide affordable housing to working class citizens.

 

   According to Holmes, the complex, which will be located at Tate Cove Road and East Lincoln Road, will require residents to have a job and pay rent. 56 apartments will be built, with rent ranging from $300 per month for a one bedroom, to $650-700 per month for a 3-bedroom apartment. Holmes stated that resident amenities will include: a playground, walking trail, garden, covered parking (90 spaces), but will not have a pool. Holmes stated that security is a top priority for Belle Maison Apartments, and plans to use adequate lighting, and quality security cameras (1 for every 3-4 apartments) to ensure resident safety. Before starting, Holmes stated that the Mayor would need to sign a letter, confirming that utilities are available and residents can live there.

   Mayor Vidrine, opposing the idea, stated that she would rather focus on developing single family homes (rent to purchase) over adding apartment complexes to the city. Council member Mike Perron, who’s district would be receiving the apartment complex, stated that his constituents have expressed concern over potential trespassers on their properties. Council member Bryant Riggs disagreed, stating that the apartment complex is a step in the right direction, and that there is a need for these apartments.

 

   Mayor Vidrine also announced that early December 2018, Domino’s Pizza will be opening a new location at the corner of LaSalle St. and Tate Cove Rd.

 

Other Business:

 

- Charles Guillory announced his candidacy to the Council for the October 2019 Sheriff election.

 

- During her monthly report, Mayor Vidrine announced that the city spent $183,472.29 for the month of June. Vidrine states that the city now will be saving more money, due to Acadiana Ambulances revised rates for inmate transportation to hospital.

 

- Police Department announced the hiring of Cedric Jackson, Daylon Maricle, and George Goldman as full-time patrol officers, and one part-time 911 dispatcher, Crystal Vidrine.

 

- Council approved the appointment of Danyon Charles as Gas Supervisor for the gas department for the city.

 

- Council approved the closing of Trojan Lane, August 18th, for “Sacred Heart Day”.

 



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   The Ville Platte Rotary Club held their weekly meeting today (Tuesday) at the C.B.Coreil Campus of South Louisiana Community College.  The guest speakers included Carlene Jones, campus director, Darren Glover and Rev. Matthew Alfred. Coreil is one of ten campuses operated under the S.L.C.C. system.

   Carlene Jones announced the school is ready to begin a new CDL program for truckers. The school is teaming up with trucking companies who are willing to pay for the student loans once the students pass their CDL course of instruction.

   The school is also preparing to begin a Certified Nursing Assistant course for local students.

    Jones said her school is working with local industry such as Ville Platte Iron Works and Schlumberger to help train workers for good paying industry positions.

    Last year, the school had a student enrollment of about 100 students. The school offers courses of instruction such as welding, business and general studies.

    The Coreil Campus speakers were the guests of Rotarians Vic Slaven and Annette Johnson.

     In other business, the club welcomed two new members to the group: Renee Brown of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce and new Parish Library Director Margaret “Margie” Mealer.

   Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that Domino’s Pizza will be opening a restaurant in Ville Platte in December at the corner of LaSalle and Tate Cove Road.

   

 



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    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from retired veteran Robert Reed of Mamou at their weekly meeting held at the Civic Center.

    Reed was dressed for the July 4th holiday as “Uncle Sam”. Reed is a Mamou High graduate and his uncle was well known educator and Cajun revivalist Revon Reed. During his nine years in the Navy Robert Reed served in submarine duty for 2 and a half years. He served as “Yeoman” handling administrative duties. During his tours of duty, he was sent to the U.S. Embassy in Australia and on one tour his sub went into the Mediterranean Sea.

     He explained that he served during the Cold War between the US and Russia. The subs were either armed with torpedoes or Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.

    Reed worked in the postal service after returning from the service. He was the special guest of Rotarian Peter Strawitz.

    In other news, Ville Platte Mayor announced there will be a free fireworks display Wednesday night at 9:00pm at the Ville Platte Grand Pavillion.



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The Evangeline Parish Police Jury, in a 5-3 vote Monday, approved Michael Anderson to replace Ronald Mcclauley on the Te Mamou Water District Board, despite the Board's wishes to have Marty Soileau fill that position. 

 

Three Police Jurors: Bryan Vidrine, Sidney Fontenot, and Kevin Veillon voted for the Te Mamou Water System’s preferred appointee, Marty Soileau (formally nominated by Juror, Bryan Vidrine).

 

Five Police Jurors: Rocky Rider, Daniel Arvie, Lamar Johnson, Eric Soileau, and Ryan Ardoin voted to approve another candidate, Michael Anderson, nominated by Police Juror, Daniel Arvie. Arvie stated, "It's nothing personal," but never elaborated on the qualifications of his nominee, or why he was chosen over Marty Soileau. Anderson was not present at the meeting. 

 

The decision came as a shock to Marty Soileau, who waited in the audience to address the Jury, and accept his position. Marty is the grandson of the late Aaron Soileau, one of the founders of the Te Mamou Water System. Gene Soileau, contractor for Te Mamou Water System, son of Aaron Soileau, and father to Marty, was present in the audience. Following the meeting, Gene told KVPI News Director, Carly Chaumont, that this was the first time the Police Jury has voted against the wishes of the Te Mamou Water System Board. Gene stated that his son had assisted him in reading water meters for over 25 years. 

 

The Jury also received an update from Public Works Director, Chester Granger, concerning parish drainage, telling the Jury that upon inspection, most drainages were in “fairly good shape”.

In regards to drainage in the City of Ville Platte, the Jury’s attorney, Marcus Fontenot, explained that city drains require city maintenance, but drainage that enters and exits city limits, and is of benefit to the parish, can be handled by the Jury, as long as there is a cooperative agreement, stating the city will repay the Jury for expense costs. Police Jury President Ryan Williams stated, “We’ve been working with the city. I want to continue working with the city”.

 

In other business:

 

Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, announced the completion of the Chataignier Library Branch, and the Jury approved a motion to accept it as complete.

 

The Jury approved a liquor license for Ronald Christ dba Mel’s Quick Stop.

 

The Jury approved the installment of cross section signs at Addison Cemetery road, located in Lamar Johnson’s District.

 

The Jury approved the reappointment of Sarah Maricle to Ward Four Water District for another five-year term.

 



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Week of July 2, 2018

       Election Results of the Evangeline Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in accordance with its bylaws, hereby announces the new Board Members  who were elected for a three (3) year term. 

      The Evangeline Chamber of Commerce's current Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Renee Brown, would like to extend a special thank you to the outgoing Board Members Anita Fontenot of The Hatchery and Annette Johnson of Kolder, Slaven & Co.  for their years of exceptional leadership, service, and dedication to our great organization.


Evangeline Chamber of Commerce's Incoming Board of Directors:
Luke Deville of Teet's Food Store
Peter Strawitz of Edward Jones
Felicia Manuel of Ville Platte Iron Works
Linda Lebsack of the Friends of the Library
Mark Suellentrop of Cabot Corporation
Darin Bordelon of LaVille Funeral Home


Congratulations to all the nominees and our new Board Members.  We are looking forward to working with you!

 



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It was a 25th anniversary party that will be remembered for a long time. Larry and Sharon Lachney know how to throw a party: BBQ Rib Cookoff, Live DJ music, Live music by great local talent and the coldest refreshments around , a dunking booth for the benefit of St. Jude's Children's Hospital and of course they invited KVPI. Carly Chaumont and Mark Layne covered the event with a live 92.5 remote. We talked to Police Chief Neal Lartigue, Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, cookoff teams and musicians.Thank you, Larry and Sharon. We're looking forward to the next anniversary party.

 



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The Ville Platte City Council approved their 2018-2019 budget, in a special meeting Thursday, following a public hearing. The budget was proposed June 12th, and was made available for public inspection at City Hall. Dana Quebedeaux, CPA, addressed the Council a second time to discuss questions concerning the budget.

 

Public concerns involving the 2018-2019 budget:

 

The salaries listed for the Council, and Mayor, shows a total salary amount (allowances/benefits included) without providing a breakdown of what the allowance money goes towards, and how much of it is being used. Quebedeaux offered to provide a salary breakdown for the Council’s next meeting.

 

Other Business:

 

The Council adopted the City of Ville Platte’s policies and procedures (a new requirement).

 

The Council adopted a resolution to move forward with applying for the FHWA Recreational Trails Program grant. This grant affords communities the opportunity to express their concerns over the recreational needs in their area. The City of Ville Platte chose to focus on sidewalks.

 

 



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In a special meeting Wednesday, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury approved a financial commitment resolution of $270,000 (a 52% cash match) per Delta Authority Grant requirements, to refurbish the existing rail spur at Industrial park, extend the spur by 102 feet, and build a second rail spur, totaling 785 feet.

 

According to the grant application, submitted by Secretary-Treasurer Donald Bergeron, the jury is seeking to “improve the Evangeline Parish Police Jury’s rail spur capacity for economic resilience of the Parish Industrial Park and to streamline Cabot Corporations rail storage operations”.

 

In order to be considered for the grant, the D.R.A is requesting that Cabot agree to use the spur for job retention, and job creation. Bergeron informed the jury that Cabot has no issue with agreeing to job retention, but can’t guarantee job creation.

According to the grant application, “Cabot is the third largest employer for the town of Ville Platte. In coordination with Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Cabot is moving towards expanding their Ville Platte operation which will likely result in the creation of 5 new full-time jobs in 2022.”

 

The grant application is due Friday, June 29th, and without Cabot signing to commit to job retention and creation, their only option is to send the application in as is, until Ville Platte Cabot discusses the matter with corporate. Until then, the Police Jury approved a 2nd motion to commit to job retention, and the hiring of one full-time employee to manage the spur.

 



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   The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Rotarian Dr. Phillipe Vidrine. His topic was the growing opioid epidemic in our country.

   According to the Centers for Disease Control, the opium poppy has been around since 34 BC. The ingredients from the poppy have been used in legal drugs and illegal drugs. Opioid deaths have tripled in the fifteen period from 1999 to 2014. In 2016, one in five deaths for those ages 24-45 during the child rearing ages were caused by drug overdose.

   The worst area in the country  for drug overdoses are states in the Rust Belt. Louisiana is ranked #12 in the states with the highest number of opioid related deaths.

   In 2012, in Louisiana for every 100 residents in the state, 118 prescriptions were written.

   Addition to pain killers and opioids lead to drug abuse and overdoses.

   Medical professionals like Dr. Vidrine are now required to take continuing education to prescribe non narcotics.

    In closing, Dr. Vidrine said Addition is a treatable disease.

    In other news, outgoing Club President Wayne Vidrine said “It was a great year for Rotary. We got a lot of things done.” He said incoming club president Richard LeJeune plans to continue supporting moves to improve Chicot State Park and reestablish a rotary scholarship at the Coreil Campus.

 



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WEEKEND EVENT FATAL SHOOTING IN BEAVER LEAVES ONE DEAD AND ONE INJURED

On Sunday, June 24, 2018 at approximately 0115 hours Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office received a transfer call from 911 Dispatch. Patrol Deputies were dispatched to a report of a Shooting at the address of 1201 Joe Fontenot Road.

The initial investigation by the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office revealed that a male subject attending the event identified as DeLanzo Veal had been shot in his upper body and a second victim later identified as Katrina Thomas also suffered from a gunshot wound beneath her lower lip.

A verbal altercation occurred between the victim (DeLanzo Veal) and another male subject Brandon Perkins who was also attending the event. The altercation led to the victim (DeLanzo Veal) being shot multiple times. He was rushed to Oakdale hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The shooter fled the scene.

The second victim (Katrina Thomas) was also rushed to Oakdale Hospital for her wounds. She was treated and later released.

Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Perkins after being questioned. He was charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Aggravated Second Degree Battery. He is being held at the Evangeline Parish Jail without bond.

Anyone with any information or videos is urged to contact the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division by phone at 337-363-2161. All callers with information will remain anonymous.

 



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Evangeline Parish 4-H students were welcomed home Friday, after a successful week at 4-H University in Baton Rouge. Louisiana 4-H’ers competed for best in the state in more than 40 events, and Evangeline Parish 4-H’ers placed in the following 7 events:

 

Consumer Decision Making: Madison Fontenot, Drew Latour, James Wilson - 2nd place statewide

Environmental Conservation Illustrated Talk: Gabrielle Fontenot- 2nd Place statewide

Fashion Review Creative Choice: Iyana Freeman, Mena Newman Blue Ribbon (Top Ten)

Family Consumer Science: Emily Deshotel, Lily Guillory- 4th place statewide

Plant Science: Andrew J. Fontenot, Monty Fontenot, Evan Miller- 4th place statewide

Teens Driving Teens: Andrew T. Fontenot, Ethan Jose Deshotel- 2nd place statewide

The Next 4-H Food Star: Olivia LaComb, Makayla Jones, Abby Duplechain- 4th place statewide

 

7 Evangeline Parish 4-H’ers were also elected as State Board Members:

Sam Gil- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board

Sam Hollier- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board

Ethan Jose Deshotel- State Science, Engineering, and Technology Board

Gabrielle Fontenot- State Executive Board

Emily Deshotel- State Executive Board

Charley Bieber- State Shooting Sports Board

Iyana Freeman- State Fashion Board

 

KVPI would like to congratulate the students, faculty and staff of Evangeline Parish 4-H, on a job well done.

 



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After a unanimous vote yes, The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce approved a historic name change Wednesday, from Ville Platte, to Evangeline Chamber of Commerce.

Business owners and dignitaries gathered at Cottage Couture to celebrate the unification of the parish. Chamber Executive Director, Renee Brown, stated that she has received support from Mayors across the parish on this new endeavor saying, “everyone is excited and the feedback has been wonderful”.

 

The meeting was followed by a “Business after Hours” where sponsors, LA Folk Roots and JD Bank, welcomed guests and briefly discussed both businesses. Guests were also treated to LIVE Cajun music.

 

Other Business:

 

Businesses approved for new membership: Butler & Co. Tree Service, Tincy’s Corner LLC, Sisters on the Go, Gator’s & Papa Gator’s Cajun Foods, and Union Tank Car Co.

 

Cleco Incentive Program for businesses, to be held at the Chamber meeting room, Wednesday, June 27th, at noon.

 

Executive Director, Renee Brown, announced the new Shop Local Campaign currently underway, and plans for a September meeting with media and small businesses to plan for the Christmas holidays. 

 



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According to Ville Platte Police Chief, Neil Lartigue, the following individuals have been arrested and booked into the city jail:

 

Shaquille Robinson, 24, of E. Jefferson, was arrested on domestic abuse battery charges on June 14th, and is out on bond ($1,000).

 

Vonetta Comeaux, 48, of Laran St., was arrested on charges of disobeying a stop and first offense DWI on June 14th, and is out on bond ($1,200).

 

Chelsea Champagne, 31, of Cheyenne St. in Scott, was arrested on theft charges on June 15th, and is out on bond ($1,000).

 

Cody Brignac, 24, of Belaire Cove, was arrested on possession of schedule I controlled substance on June 17th, and is out on bond ($2,500).

 

Ebony Adams, 24, of MLK Dr., was arrested on theft charges on June 17th, and is out on bond ($500).

 

Charles Coreen, 28, of Hospital Dr. In Opelousas, was arrested on charges of resisting an officer, and possession of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids on June 19th, and is currently incarcerated.

 

Jamie Arvie, 18, of David St., was arrested on disturbing the peace and battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($2,750).

 

Shekiah Poullard, 20, of w. Beauregard, was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace and battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($2,750).

 

Whitney ben, 17, of east church St. In Bunkie, was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace, and simple battery, 2nd count, on June 19th, and is out on bond ($5,500).

 

Lee Tezeno, 27, of Ramsey St. Was arrested on charges of disturbing the peace on June 19th, and is currently incarcerated ($200 bond).

 



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     The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Liz Hill, Director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness and 9-1-1 in Evangeline Parish.

    Hill said the 9-1-1 staff has been in their new two million dollar facility at the Industrial Park for the past two years. The dispatchers service all six fire departments in the parish as well as police departments in Pine Prairie, Turkey Creek and Chataignier. The agency receives approximately 35-40,000 9-1-1 calls a year.

   Some of the calls are unusual. For example, Hill referred to a call she received this week from a homeowner to complain that someone had stolen a washing machine with the clothes still in it..

   All medical calls are transferred to Acadian Ambulance dispatchers to handle.

   Hill said this hurricane season in the Gulf and Atlantic is expected to be about average with last year. However, her agency is prepared to handle all types of weather including flooding and icy winter conditions. She uses social media such as Facebook to keep residents informed on the latest weather advisories.

   Liz Hill was the special guest of Rotarian Scott Soileau.

    In other business, Dr. Phillipe Vidrine was awarded a Paul Harris recognition award by Rotarian Leonard Fontenot for his donation to Rotary International.

    Rotarian Larry Lachney reported that his business, Gators Drive Thru will celebrate its 25th anniversary Saturday June 30 with a BBQ Rib Cook Off, food, live music and a live KVPI remote broadcast.



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Jessica Williams, 25, of 306 West Long Street in Ville Platte has been arrested and charged with negligent homicide. Williams was transported to the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office Jail on a $125,000.00 bond.

 

On June 14, 2018 the Ville Platte Police Department Officers and Detectives began an investigation where a domestic disturbance appeared to have taken place leaving one man dead, possibly from a stab wound. Details of the death are not being released at this time pending a report from the Coroner’s Office.

 

Chief Neal Lartigue is asking anyone with further information to contact the Ville Platte Police Department at 363-1313.  Your call will remain anonymous.

 

 



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    Investar Bank has helped establish the newly created Evangeline Parish Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Acadiana with an initial investment of $50,000. The bank challenged community leaders, both public and private to match this donation so the Foundation can being with $100,000 of seed funding.

   The Foundation will get started by engaging with the University of Louisiana in Lafayette to conduct a community needs assessment to identify where the greatest needs lie which will take 3-6 months.

   The Foundation will provide grant opportunities to Evangeline Parish non- profits and organizations that align with the results of the needs assessment. The Foundation will launch a one million dollar fund raising campaign.

   At a special event at Investar Bank , Ville Platte Branch, held today (Thursday)  Mark Suellentrop, was the emcee. Among the speakers: Raymond Hebert, CEO of Community Foundation of Acadiana. Hebert said “The Foundation will be something good for Evangeline Parish.” Also speaking were Anita Fontenot of the Foundation, Robert Lott, Investar Acadiana Market President and Matt Marcantel, Evangeline Market President of Investar Bank.

  Among the guests were Mayor Ricky Fontenot of Mamou and Mayor Heather Cloud of Turkey Creek , School Superintendent Darwan Lazard and school supervisors along with Police Jury Secretary Treasurer Donald Bergeron and members of the Evangeline Parish Police Jury and Evangeline Parish Chamber President Renee Brown. Also attending was Dr. Tojo Ward with the Industrial Development Board.

   The Evangeline Parish Foundation Board will be comprised of Mark Sullentrop, Rhonda Butler, Gwen Fontenot, Randy Deshotel, Donald Fontenot, Kitty Deshotel, Eugene Fontenot and Leonard Fontenot.

 



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The Ville Platte City Council reviewed the 2018-2019 budget proposal, delivered by CPA, Dana Quebedeaux, at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Before the budget is adopted, the proposal must be available for public inspection for a standard of 10 days. A copy of the budget can be found in the front lobby of City Hall. The budget will be formally adopted on Thursday, June 28th at noon, following a public hearing at 11:45 am. When evaluating the budget, Quebedeaux asks the public to keep in mind, that the Mayor’s proposal takes anticipated grants into account. As time progresses, the budget will be amended to reflect grants awarded/ not awarded. When giving her opinion on the proposed budget, Quebedeaux stated, “If you’re going to have an accurate budget, this is the budget it’s going to be”.

 

Mayor Jennifer Vidrine addressed the council with plans to adopt new tools and techniques from the city of Rayne to clean the cities culvert system. This tool, made of steel parts, allows for quicker, more efficient culvert cleaning. The tool will cost around $2,000. Mayor Vidrine states that the city is doing its part in flood prevention by digging the necessary ditches but encourages the public to call on Evangeline Parish Police Jurors to do their part by regularly cleaning city canals.

 

In other business:

The Council adopted two resolutions, one being a re-adoption of the previous years millage rate resolution, and the other being an overgrown property resolution, approving a $50,000 LCDA loan that is part of the LCDA “overgrown lot program”. This program would help to beautify the city of Ville Platte by tackling its issue of overgrown lots.

 

The Ville Platte Gazette was approved as the official municipal journal.

 

Mayor Vidrine announced that the city spent $262,309.63 in May, which is $56,614.90 more than the month of April. Vidrine credits this to payment of necessary bills and expenses.

 

Chief of Police, Neil Lartigue announced three new hires: part-time jailer, Jaquine Anderson, part-time dispatcher, Cheryl Fontenot, and full-time police patrol, Kyle Marsh. During his monthly report, Lartigue reported 625 calls for assistance, which required 592 reports, 28 citations, 28 arrests, which included 26 felony arrests. Officers also responded to 49 motor vehicle accidents. Lartigue reported one homicide with suspect in custody.

 

Fire Chief, Chris Harrison reported for the month of May, 2 structure fires, 2 grass fires, 3 alarm activations, 4 service calls, and 1 search and rescue. In Fire District 2, Harrison reported 1 structure fire, 9 grass fires, 1 medical call, 1 vehicle situation, 3 service calls, and 7 search and rescues.

 

Mayor Vidrine announced that 5 abandoned property demolitions have been completed since the last meeting, and 9 are currently underway.

 



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Tuesday, June 12th, Chateau Des Amis residents, citizens and city officials gathered at Ville Platte City Hall for a World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Program, put on by Chateau Des Amis.

 

According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, “Elder abuse, including neglect and exploitation, is experienced by 1 out of every 10 people, ages 60 and older, who live at home.”

 

Pine Prairie Baptist Church Pastor, Daniel Holsumback provided a powerful testimony on the cycle of abuse, and how to put an end to that cycle. Guests were treated to an A cappella performance by Carleen Bellard.

 

Chateau Des Amis Community Manager, Debbie Clark, along with the Ville Platte Boys & Girls Club, presented certificates of recognition to community leaders who have greatly helped the elderly in our community. Those recognized were:

 

Ville Platte City Marshall, Ronald Doucet.

Ville Platte City Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, who also accepted a certificate on behalf of Dianna Johnson and the Ville Platte Girls-Boys Place.

Mable Foreman with Ville Platte Home Health.

Lisa Derouen with Evangeline Council on Aging.

Clerk of Court, Randy Deshotel.

Pine Prairie Baptist Church Pastor, Daniel Holsumback.

Carleen Bellard with Evangeline Parish Community Action.

 

Mayor Vidrine reminds the public that elderly abuse is more than just physical abuse. No matter if it’s physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, abandonment, or financial abuse, Mayor Vidrine says, “We must take care of those who took care of us”.

 

 

 

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/features/elderabuse/index.html

 



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