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August 5, 2014

The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting last night in City Hall.  The Council approved the replacement of street signs in the city that are either non-existent or illegible with the new English and French street signs, which are red and include the city symbol as well as the Fleur de Lis.  The city has been in contact with Codofil out of Lafayette and they have agreed to help with the proper pronunciation and spelling of the street names.  Codofil also stated they will look into trying to help fund some of the project as well, but does not know if that will happen.  

There was a celebration in City Hall as the Louisiana Rockets were recognized for their tremendous achievements in Las Vegas at the AAU - Boys Basketball


The 8th Grade boys came in 1st place in the tournament and the 6th grade boys came in 4th place.  The boys, coaches and parents endured a 36 hour bus drive to arrive at the tournament in Las Vegas and have now been asked to play in Hawaii next year because of their achievements.

Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, reported that the Sales Tax Revenues for the month of June were up 14.22% and she thanked everyone for their continued efforts to shop locally.  Revenues have been up for the last 7-8 months.

The mayor congratulated Carlton and Francis Doucet for receiving the Channel 10 “60 Minute Miracle” award.  They received $500.00 cash.  Mr. & Mrs. Doucet are now raising their daughter’s 9 children ages 1-14 after their daughter was killed.

She also reported that credit cards will begin to be accepted soon to pay your utility bills.  You will also be able to make those payments online.  More information will be forthcoming.

Wresting is coming to Ville Platte on September 6th and will be at Ville Platte High.  They are expecting names like “Hacksaw Jim Dugan”.  Tickets on the floor will be $15.00 and in the bleachers, $10.00.  All proceeds will go to the Boys & Girls Club.

The Mayor wants to remind political candidates and anyone else putting signs up to never put signs on the Cleco utility poles.  This not safe for Cleco workers and they will be taken down.  Also, please do not put signs in the right-of-ways of Ville Platte.  The workers are having a hard time getting the grass cut.  They will not throw your signs away, but if they are picked up by workers to cut the grass, they will be held at the City Barn.

Also, Phase III of the water projects will be coming soon.  If you have had work done in front of your business or home, contractors will be coming back to do a “Final Dress Up” in the next two months.  Dirt mounds were intentionally left at sites where work was done to allow for “settling”.  They will be coming back to complete process.  This is also the case where fire hydrants have been flushed. 

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The Louisiana Swamp Pop Museum operated by the City of Ville Platte is open to the public every Friday and Saturday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Come view the amazing artifacts, photos, records, Wall of Fame and hear the music. Admission charge is $3 adults, $2 seniors and $1 for children under 12. The museum is located on Northwest Railroad Avenue.

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