JUNE 30, 2015
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard a legislative update report from State Representative Bernard LeBas. The session was primarily a money session since the state was 1.6 billion in the red. The lawmakers had to find new ways to raise revenues.
Among the bills that were approved: a 50 cent a pack increase in cigarette taxes, removing the state tax exemption on solar energy panels, reduce the inventory tax credit by 25% and increasing the vehicle title fees.
The legislature is looking at going into a veto session to possibly over ride veto’s by the governor . Those veto’s include : a cost of living raise to state retirees that amounted to $30 a month; collect the state 4 percent sales tax on online sales ; putting a cap on how much the state could spend on the Tops program; reducing the tax credits to movies made in the state from $264 million down to $180 million dollars.
Le Bas was the special guest of Rotarian Dan Poret. This meeting was the last meeting conducted by outgoing President David Mayeaux. The next meeting will be conducted by incoming president Mitch Elmand Fontenot.
ROTARY CLUB MEETING
JUNE 23, 2015
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte today (Tuesday) heard from Leonard Rainey, regional representative for U.S. Senator David Vitter. Rainey handles constituent services such as Social Security, FEMA, HUD and Immigration issues.
Rainey reported that Sen. Vitter is chairman of the Small Business Committee in the Senate. In Louisiana, some 145,000 people are unemployed and the senator is working hard to help the small business owner through improvements in infrastructure.
Chamber Executive Director Camille Fontenot asked Rainey to get the senator’s support to four lane US 167 between Ville Platte and Opelousas.
In other business, Rotarian Larry Lachney announced that there have been three applicants that applied for the two rotary scholarships at the Coreil Campus at Louisiana Technical College.
Also, Rotary Club President David Mayeaux announced that five new Rotary road signs will be erected in the next few weeks at various intersections in Ville Platte.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury met last night in the courthouse. The Jury re-appointed two members to the Solid Waste Commission and replaced Secretary/Treasurer, Phil Miller, with Pat Soileau. The Jury also appointed Fred Fontenot to the Ward 5 Fire District Board.
There had been some confusion regarding the auto insurance policy for all of the Parish vehicles. According to Police Jurors, State Farm Insurance Company had quoted the Jury with incorrect pricing for the policy and sent a letter to them stating their coverage would be cancelled. After working with the Jury, State Farm finally decided to honor the quote they had previously given the Jury.
Police Jurors unanimously passed a resolution to display “In God We Trust” in the Police Jury Room for all public meetings.
The Jury announced that the Industrial Park water tower is now in the process of “getting a face lift”. They are also still in the process of working with black top on the roads in the Parish.
They also voted to confirm The Gazette as the official Journal.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING
JUNE 9, 2015
The Ville Platte Rotary Club met today (Tuesday) for their weekly meeting at Nick’s on Main and heard from Electrical Contractor Winston LaFleur. LaFleur spoke on a new group he has begun known as Ville Platte Christian Mission. The group works on raising money to go on yearly missions to Honduras. He said last March, the group raised money through a city wide garage sale. While in Honduras, the group helped construct two homes and perform a water purifying project. Winston was the special guest of Rotarian Kermit Miller.
Club President Elect Mitch Fontenot conducted the meeting and reminded Rotarians of the annual installation banquet planned for next Tuesday June 16 at 6;00pm at Nick’s On Main. There will be no noon club meeting next week. It was also announced that Peter Strawitz has been elected as a new incoming board member.
Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine announced that the city is under a night time curfew for minors from 10-5 weekday nights and 12-5 on weekends.
Congratulations to Bonnie Meche for being our weekly winner of a Family Fun 4-Pack of tickets to Blue Bayou/Dixie Landin'. We will have another drawing this Friday morning so keep listening for your splashy "cue to call" and be caller 10 to qualify. Good Luck!
The Evangeline Parish School Board
June 3, 2015
The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight in the Media Center. There were quite a few support personnel in attendance as well as Principals and Administrators. The main topic of discussion was the adoption of the 2015-2016 Salary Schedule that has been put together by the Superintendent’s Committee Members and forwarded to each school for input from the Administrators and staff members. There was lengthy discussion about how certain support personnel would be affected by the “rating” system included in the plan and how that would affect the outcome of each person’s pay, including Merit payments. Superintendent, Toni Hamlin and CFO, Amy LaFleur explained at length how the final plan was put together and said it was “fair, equitable and affordable.” There were support personnel in attendance who told the Board they were very happy with the plan and supported it. The Board did end up passing the Salary Schedule as the Committee presented it. Ms. Hamlin thanked the Committee for all of its hard work. Those members, including her, are Darwan Lazard, Amy LaFleur, Kelli LaFleur, Sherral Tezeno, Wanda Verrette, Johnell Celestine, Deborah Charles and Jacki Wyble. President, Wayne Dardeau thanked the lunch room ladies from across the Parish for “all of the hard work they do for very little pay.”
Superintendent, Toni Hamlin, stated there are 103 children enrolled in Summer School.
She also stated that some teachers are currently attending the State Leadership Summit in New Orleans. Last year they sent 30 teachers; however, in an effort to save traveling costs, they only sent 2 or 3 teachers. They will come back and present the information on Staff Development Day.
UNITED WAY AWARDS CEREMONY
JUNE 3, 2015
St. Landry/Evangeline United Way held their annual awards banquet Tuesday night. Among the awards given out were Mark Suellentrop, Cabot Corporation Manager named as Board Member of the Year. KVPI and the Ville Platte Gazette were given plaques for our news coverage throughout the year for United Way Projects.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING
JUNE 2, 2015
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Kip Manuel give a brief history of Manuel Hardware. He stated there were four investors that began in 1948 Roy Tractor Company in Ville Platte: Leroy Soileau, Gilbert Aucoin, John Miller and Sam Miller with two employees: Henry Lee Manuel and A.B. Billeaudeau. A few years later in 1950, the owners sold the company to the two employees. The company began selling hay balers and shredders in addition to tractors. Also the company began selling grain bins as the business continued to grow through the years. In 1972, Henry Lee Manuel convinced his son, Kip, who was attending college to come work in the business. Kip acquired a contractor’s license and began building metal buildings. Among the customers the company constructed buildings included Cabot, Union Tank, Holloway and T&J Ford. Kip Manuel introduced the new owners of the business, Ryan Vidrine. He is a graduate of McNeese and has been in the Ag industry for a number of years. He and his wife are planning to expand the business into new markets.
In other business:
Welcomed the new editor of the Ville Platte Gazette: Raymond Partsche;
Was reminded that the annual installation banquet will be June 16 at 6;00pm at Nick’s on Main;
Was told that there will be a garage sale at Eric Gil’s State Farm Office on LaSalle Saturday from 7-12 noon for the Make A Wish foundation;
Is still seeking applicants for the Rotary Scholarship for the Coreil Campus of Louisiana Technical College.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING
MAY 26, 2015
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from Guest Speaker Willie Bergeron of Cleco. He gave some conservation measures for customers to save on their electricity bill this summer. He said heating and cooling amounts to 45% of the monthly power bill. Cleco suggests the thermostat should be set at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer and to use a programmable thermostat. The next greatest user of energy in the home is the water heater which takes about 15 percent of the power bill. The water heater should be set at not higher than 125 degrees. Bergeron mentioned plugged in devices that are known as energy vampires such as computers, cell phone chargers and TV’s. Bergeron works for Cleco out of the Eunice office and was the guest speaker of Rotarian Nicole Wenger.
Rotarians were notified by Wayne Vidrine that three students from Ville Platte schools will be attended the Rotary sponsored RYLA camp at Lake Fausse Park: McKenzie Fontenot, Taylor Leger and Tracy Trahan.
Leonard Fontenot reported that Peter Strawitz and Wayne Vidrine will be named Paul Harris Fellows at the upcoming June 16 Installation Banquet for their $500 matching contribution to Rotary International.
Rotarian Mark Suellentrop reported that the recently completed Choices Program reached over 300 students in all but three schools in the parish.
May 20, 2015
The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight in the Media Center at Ville Platte High.
Parent, Tiffany Allison of Mamou, addressed the Board about two alleged incidents that took place on the school bus her children rode. One involved an alleged slapping of a child by the school bus driver and the other involved the driver allegedly dropping her 2nd child off a mile and a half away from the correct drop off point. Board Members, Wanda Skinner and David Landreneau also expressed concerns about other complaints that have been reported to them. Lance with First Student addressed the concerns and stated that he, along with the school principal, reviewed the video tapes from the bus and found no incident of a slapping; however, did acknowledge that the driver did drop the second child off at the wrong point. Wanda Skinner advised that the driver does not reside in the parish. Lance with First Student advised the driver has been taken out of the parish.
Recognition was given to Pine Prairie Student, Lelia Deville, by Pine Prairie Assistant Principal, Andrew Dwyer, for her upcoming attendance at the 2015 National Future Business Leaders of America Leadership Conference in Chicago, Illinois from June 26th through July 3rd. The School Board unanimously voted to contribute $200.00 for her attendance.
The School Board voted to continue the millage rates that are currently in effect for this year.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB ROTARY MEETING
MAY 19, 2015
The Rotary Club of Ville Platte Tuesday heard from Evangeline Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Liz Hill, who is also in charge of the 9-1-1 Communications District. She informed club members that construction work is progressing on the new 9-1-1 communications facility at the Industrial Park. The concrete slab has just been poured for the 8,000 square foot building located next the Coreil Campus of South Louisiana Community College. This compares with their current location which is only 1400 square feet.
The 9-1-1 communications board has been working and saving for over ten years for this new building which will have larger space for the communications center that will have the latest technology with a price tag of $400,000. It will house training rooms and other offices and space for emergency agencies to re locate during hurricanes and other critical times for use as incident command. The $2 million dollar facility is being built through a bond issue using local banks. It is expected to be completed in the next eleven months. The board is making every effort to keep jobs locally by using local sub contractors when possible.
Liz Hill was the special guest of Rotarian Hillary Hill. He reminded club members of the Ville Platte VFW 75th anniversary celebration June 13 at the Our Lady Queen of All Saints Family Life Center. The State VFW Commander and Adjutant are expected to attend.
Rotarian Mark Suelentrop reported on the success the club is having with the Choices program being taught in schools through out the parish. Club members are going to classrooms and encouraging students to stay in school. So far the program has reached 318 students parishwide.
The Ville Platte City Council
May 12, 2015
The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight in City Hall. Prior to the meeting, a public hearing was held regarding the issuance of a liquor permit to J.C. Ceasar who has purchased the property on the corner of MLK Drive and Dr. Carver. He intends to remodel the property and open a restaurant named The Creole House. There were quite a few in attendance of support for Mr. Ceasar and there were also those who voiced concerns about parking in the area as well as problems from alcohol sales. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine explained that she had received approximately 60 calls from residents voicing concerns as well. After long discussions back and forth and with advisement from City Attorney Eric Lafleur, the Council voted to grant the liquor permit for a 6 month period and will continue it should Mr. Ceasar meet the requirement of having sales of food of more than 50% of total sales.
It was a happy time, when Ms. Ville Platte, Candace Bennatt, who is now Ms. Louisiana came and spoke to the council. She received a standing ovation from everyone when the Mayor announced that Candace has chosen her “city to represent” as Ville Platte. She said she chose Ville Platte because it reminds her of her hometown of Huffman, Texas and that she is very proud of Ville Platte. Her boyfriend, Jack Walker was also in attendance. The Miss USA Pageant will air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. on July 12th from Baton Rouge.
The Council voted to approve the V.P. Youth on the Move Summer Program which employee 24 children ages 16-18 over a 2 month period. The child must live in the City of Ville Platte. They will work in area businesses and receive other training pertaining to entering the work force, interviews, etc.
The Mayor announced that she has been appointed to the Louisiana Housing and Transportation Commission and this will help with planning for transportation in Ville Platte as well as working for affordable housing.
She also reminded everyone that if you have an abandoned property, clean it up or you will be fined if you receive a warning and don’t. The first fine is $1,000.00 and goes up from there. If the City has to clean it, the cost will be put on your tax bill.
The expenditures for the month of April were $192,411.07 and that is down $25,360.18 from the month of March.
VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB
MAY 12, 2015
The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from special guest speaker District Judge Chuck West.
Judge West told club members that he and Judge Gary Ortego in cooperation with the Clerk of Court have made changes and improvements to the jury selection process. He said the public needs to be aware of the need to appear for possible jury duty. Some 300 people are subpoenaed in a given month for civil and criminal trials. As a means to inform more of the general public, the public can now go on line and see when the jury trials are set and if they need to report.
Also both judges have signed up to speed up the process for arrest and search warrants. In the past, sometimes it could take hours to notify a judge after hours or on weekends to review and sign a warrant. Now, Judges West and Ortego have signed up for an online warranty generator. Through this process, it reduces the turnaround time from up to two hours down to 15 minutes.
Judge West is also concerned with security in the court rooms and throughout the courthouse. “Sometimes we deal with tense and explosive situations between the accused and victims and we need better security, “the judge said. Currently courthouse departments are pooling their resources to ramp up security personnel and measures. Judge West was the special guest of Rotarian Jimmy LeBlanc.
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury
May 11, 2015
The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its monthly meeting tonight in the Courthouse. Discussions were had during the thirty minute meeting about a request from FEMA for OEP to refund $8,367.15 is was given nine years ago to use for overtime pay after Hurricane Gustov. Since FEMA determined the Jury did not have a policy in place regarding overtime at that time, FEMA decided to “not allow” the funds to be kept and repayment has now been requested. The Jury voted unanimously to give FEMA the refund out of the General Fund.
The Police Jury voted to “deny” an alleged auto damage claim in excess of $2,000.00. The Claimant says his “rims were bent” from a pothole in the parish.
Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, reported that he and Ryan Williams both attended the Acadiana Planning Commission Meeting where Mr. Eric Kolabota with the LA Department of Transportation and Development spoke regarding the list of road projects that will be coming in the future should funding for those projects go through. Proposals for “Dues” to be in the Planning Commission could run approximately $5,000.00/year should everything move forward. The next meeting will be held on July 30th and will be held in Evangeline Parish.
Mr. Bergeron reported that the Sales Tax Collection for the month of March was $299,095.09.
Public Works Director, Chester Granger, reported that due to all of the rain, it was put a delay in the chip and seal project. Until the roads dry out, they are unable to prepare the roads to continue with the project. The Police Jury voted to allow the Public Works Department to replace a bridge on James Lane in District 1 in the amount of $11,200.00
City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau, reported that there will be a “Pre-Bid Conference” tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. in the Police Jury Office in the conference room regarding the bids being received soon in the micro-surfacing project.
The Evangeline Parish School
May 7, 2015
The Evangeline Parish School Board held it’s bi-monthly meeting tonight in the Media Center. The Board was presented with a Resolution currently being submitted by the Iberia Parish School Board opposing any changes to the Inventory Tax Repeal. Superintendent, Toni Hamlin explained that if the repeal of the tax collection is passed it would cost the School Board $1.1 million dollars and the Parish would suffer losing $3.5 million dollars. The Resolution asks that the State of Louisiana find alternate ways to recover from its $1.6 billion dollar deficit.
There were quite a few teachers and administrators in attendance at the meeting and the topic of teacher and support staff salary structure were discussed. The Executive Committee recently met to establish a salary structure which is based on “levels” teachers and workers are placed in and each level carries a different financial aspect to the structure. Yvonne Johnson, Resource Teacher at Pine Prairie High School addressed the Board and thanked them for addressing the salary issue. She also voiced concern over certain levels regarding the difference in a Bachelor’s Degree vs. a Master’s. Cheryl Deseneaux also addressed the Board and stated “After 36 years working in the Parish, she never was part of the financial aspect until now.” She now understands how the Board has been consistent with preserving the jobs of “everyone”. She stated due to all of the different financial aspects the Board and Parish continues to go through, she feels the Board should keep the current structure “as it is.”
Chief Financial Officer, Amy LaFleur, reported that the sales tax comparison for the month of April was $701,001.31 and that is down $51,631.07 from this time last year. However, she stated that the Board is still ahead for the fiscal year by $234,745.07.
Toni Hamlin announced the following graduation dates:
Mamou High School – May 15th ,Pine Prairie High School – May 14th ,Ville Platte High School – May 14th, Basille High School – May 15th
Ms. Hamlin also announced that it is Teacher’s Appreciation/Employee Appreciation Week and she thanked all employees for the hard work and great job they do every day.
The Evangeline Parish School Board held its bi-monthly meeting tonight in the Media Center at Ville Platte High School.
An important discussion was had regarding HB 177 that was passed through committee today in Baton Rouge. If passed, the Bill would eliminate any governmental agency from collecting inventory taxes as they have in the past. There was much discussion on how devastating this would be to many different entities as in school boards, maintenance funds, athletic funds, etc. Board President, Wayne Dardeau, said he spoke to Representative Eric Lafleur, who is on the Executive Finance Committee, and he indicated he was for the Bill; however, stated that he said there should be an amendment where the lost money would have to be recouped by another means. The question was asked “Where is that money going to come from?” The general response was “There is no-where for it to come from.” Several members of the Board questioned as to why Rep. Lafleur is in favor of such a Bill. The Bill will go to the floor for debate on April 27th. President Dardeau stated that Rep. Lafleur also said that he was not sure if the Bill could be passed without a Constitutional Amendment.
The Evangeline Sales Tax Comparison for the month of March was $528,417.92 and that is down $11,842.01 down from this time last year.
Keith Fontenot, Tina Guillory and Todd Fontenot presented the Board with a 4-H report that included information on some of the various programs offered to students, farmers, and homeowners. It was noted that, due to the recent weather, they have fielded a variety of different phone calls regarding everything from bees, ants, various other insects and other issues with what the vast amount of rain brought with it. Board President, Wayne Dardeau thanked all three of them for their continued efforts and assistance to the students and people in the parish.
On Wednesday, April 29th, there will be an Executive Committee Meeting to discuss various subjects including the “Jumpstart” program and salary issues. Principles from area schools will be in attendance.
The next School Board Meeting will be held on May 7th instead of May 6th.
U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAUNCHING INVESTIGATION OF VILLE PLATTE POLICE DEPARTMENT
APRIL 21, 2015
The Ville Platte City Police Department is the target of an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department, according to Mayor Jennifer Vidrine. The mayor told KVPI News that she received news this (Tuesday) morning in a letter. She has reviewed the letter with Police Chief Neal Lartigue. Mayor Jennifer and Chief Lartigue announced that they will fully cooperate with the investigation. “We will be fully transparent and comply with any and all recommendations that come out of this investigation.” The mayor could not release any additional information on the specifics of the investigation. As soon as we receive any further word, we will inform our listeners.
FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT
APRIL 19, 2015
KVPI is sponsoring a Fan Appreciation Night for its listeners by giving away dozens of prizes all for the benefit of Evangeline Community Autism Network . The event is planned for this Saturday night from 6;00-12 midnight at Nick’s on Main. Tickets $20 per person. The first fifty people also receive a free T Shirt.
Enjoy music Alyse Young, Dayne West, Mitch Attales and Spencer Racca. Bring your dancing shoes and party the night away. The KVPI crew will be there so come meet us. There will be a cash bar, and food will be available from Nick’s menu.
Our fans will have a chance to win great door prizes including: four tickets to Blue Bayou Dixie Landing, a one night stay and a meal for two at Paragon Casino Resort, Movie Tickets, McDonalds Food vouchers, Disney on Ice Prize Packs, KVPI T Shirts, Koozies, Cups and Bumper Stickers.
We will also have a raffle to win a Crawfish Boiling kit, a sack of crawfish and a $100 Wal-Mart gift Card. $1 per chance. The winner will be announced that night.
KVPI is planning a Radio-Thon Friday from 9-12 noon on both KVPI AM and FM where those who wish to make a donation for Evangeline Community Autism Network may do so over the phone. Parents will go to your home or business to pick up your tax deductable donation.
Our special thanks to our sponsors: Woodman of the World, Sheriff Eddie Soileau, Paragon Casino Resort, Fontenot’s Hatchery, KVPIU, Nick’s On Main, The Y Not Stop Shell, Citizens Bank, Fontenot Physical Therapy, Blakes Pharmacy, Cabot Corporation, City of Ville Platte, Evangeline Bank and Trust Company, T&J Ford, and Cajun Catfish and Kitchen.
VILLE PLATTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BANQUET NOMINEES
APRIL 17, 2015
The Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual banquet on Wednesday April 29 at the Ville Platte Civic Center. The highlight of the event is the announcement of the civic award winners.
Here are the nominations:
Nominees for Ville Platte Man of the Year: Randy Deshotels Clerk of Court and Nick LeBas with Evangeline Drug Store;
Nominees for Ville Platte Woman of the Year: Jennifer Meylian with KVPI; Linda Lebsack with Friends of the Library and Evangeline Parish Tourism Commission; Mary Foster Galasso with the Evangeline Parish Library;
Business of the Year- Budget Rental ; Cabot Corporation, Citizens Bank, Cottage Couture, Evangeline Parish Communications-911; Laville Funeral Home; Leroy’s Cajun Meats; Mayeaux Wealth Partners, Rick’s Custom Signs, The Hatchery and Walk and Sons -Slap Ya Mama.
Business Person of the Year- Anita Fontenot-owner of the Hatchery and Southwest Loan Companies; Annette Johnson of Kolder, Champagne, Slaven and Co; Clem Lafleur-Owner of Lafleur Industries; Darin Bordelon-owner of Laville Funeral Home; Donald Fontenot- Storage Facility Manager of Pine Prairie Energy; Leroy Fontenot-Owner of Leroy’s Cajun Meats; Liz Hill-Director of Evangeline Parish Communications 9-1-1; Maggie Eades-Owner of Cottage Couture; Sheila Saunders of Cottage Couture; Larry Lachney-Owner of Papa Gators Cajun Foods, Money Mart, Gators Drive Through and Lachney Properties.
Congratulations to all the nominees.
The Ville Platte City Council
April 14, 2015
The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight at Ville Platte City Hall. Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, and all of the City Councilmen were in attendance.
Real Estate Developer, J.C. Ceasar, approached the City Council with his plans to renovate, rejuvenate and turn the property he purchased at the corner of Dr. Carver and MLK Drive into a restaurant similar to that of Buffalo Wild Wings. He will be filing an application for a liquor permit to serve alcohol similar to that of the big chain restaurant. There was some hot discussion back and forth about the issuance of a liquor permit in that area. Mr. Ceasar reported that he has met with many residents in the area and received a lot of approval to go ahead with the project. Mayor Vidrine expressed that she has received calls from some area residents who, because of the past in the area, and where they live, they were against a liquor permit being issued. Councilman Bryant Riggs spoke in support of giving Mr. Caesar a chance with the project because he knows Mr. Ceasar’s reputation, his service in the military, his help with other projects in Ville Platte, and commented that we “should not focus on the past, but the future.” Area resident, Joycee Thomas, spoke out against the project as she lives directly across the street and says that since the clubs in that area have closed she “now pass peace and can sleep at night.” Wanda Skinner came to the podium and said she was very much “for the project” and that she is “tired of always having to travel to the other side of town to get something to eat. There will be a public hearing for comments at 4:30 p.m. before the next meeting on May 12th.
The Police Jury unanimously agreed to grant a permit to Stout & Co. to construct and erect a 195 foot tower on the south end of town off of Hickory that will be used by multiple wireless companies to better cell phone coverage, and internet speed. Stout reported that the project should be completed in the next 120 days.
Tiffany Barth spoke to the Council and Mayor regarding the introduction of an ordinance regarding a Drinking Water Protection Program. She presented a draft ordinance patterned after the EPA standards for protection of our public water supply from possible contaminations. One of the items in the draft ordinance, which can be altered by the Council if adopted, is to have restrictions within 1,000 feet of any water well serving an active public water system. When asked the question “What kind of opposition do you receive from these ordinances in other places?” she replied “Normally from the farming community”. The Council’s legal council will now be reviewing the draft ordinance and there will be a public hearing for comments at 4:45 p.m. at the next meeting on May 12th..
Mayor Jennifer Vidrine reported that the City has just submitted a $5 Million dollar grant application to build 30 new, affordable, brick homes in the Woods Section of Town. She stated: “We want people to rebuild on that side of town and be proud to live and stay there.”
The Mayor announced and congratulated Kennedy Wilson, a senior at Ville Platte High School, who has received the LA Housing Aid Scholarship in the amount of $1,800.00. The scholarship that was based on academic performance, extra- curricular activities, community service and a submitted essay.
There will be a 4-way stop sign installed at the corner of Coreil & Jefferson Street.
The Mayor has been working with the Senior V.P. of Suddenlink out of Dallas and says they are going to be doing a $150,000.00 upgrade to their equipment in our area around July.
She also announced that they are currently waiting for the permits to place the first three flag poles at the entrance of Ville Platte near Tobacco Plus. The first three will be the American Flag, the State of Louisiana flag and a flag that is being developed for the City of Ville Platte. Other flags will be added later and plans are being made to put in a water feature at the same site.
They met with the Mayor of Paris France and gave her a replica of the news French/English signs being erected in the City and the Mayor returned to France to place it in her office.
The Mayor thanks Thomas Scully for all of his hard work and dedication at the new ball complex in Ville Platte. Scully reported that the “Tournament Action” is going well and that at the last tournament the gate and concession collected approximately $10,000.00.
Lastly, the Council unanimously voted to get the ball rolling on a new Planning and Zoning Commission for our area.