The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, voted to decline an offer by the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to have the city take over the parish animal control program. The police jury offered to pay the city $20,000 a year to help the city operate a parish wide animal control program. Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said after consulting with the city animal control officer, it was determined that the project was too big an undertaking and the current city animal shelter is too small for the parish.
In other business, the city heard from Tiffany Howard with Southern University’s Ag Center discuss the city’s proposed Community Garden project. The proposed garden will be located next to the Swamp Pop museum. A planning meeting is set for November 29 at City Hall where all interested citizens will be invited to attend. They are asking master gardeners and interested citizens to attend. The plans call for the planting of the garden for April 1. The produce will be sold at farmers markets and local stores.
City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau reported in 45 days to begin work on the Trojan Lane Bridge. He also announced that the city will be receiving three generators: for the sewer plant, water well #11 and the Martin Luther King Center.
Landreneau also announced that the contract for Phase Two of the city wide water project was awarded to the same contractor in Phase One: Trek Incorporated in Bunkie at a low bid of $1.6 million dollars
In other action:
--met with Demographer Mike Heffner to begin a redistricting plan for the city in time for the next city elections;
--received news from Mayor Jennifer Vidrine that the city spent $9500 less in October than it did in September;
--was notified that the city will be receiving 8 more red trash containers to be erected in various parts of the city.