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    The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held their all French meeting today (Tuesday) in the courthouse before a standing room crowd of well wishers and visitors.

     Police Jury President Bryan Vidrine conducted the meeting and welcomed the visitors. KVPI’s Jim Soileau said the pledge of allegiance in French. Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel offered the invocation in French. One of the highlights was Assistant District Attorney Timmy Fontenot who played the national anthem on the accordion.

     Jean Frigault with Codofil handed out special Codofil calendars to jurors. Margaret “Chicken” Aucoin and Brenda Monier  praised the police jury for their efforts in promoting our Cajun and Creole French culture.  All three are members of a new organization promoting the French language in Evangeline Parish. The organization sponsored a  succesful French language school last summer in Chataignier. The group is planning another French school next summer.

    Former Secretary Treasurer Wilbert Ardoin welcomed public officials and dignitaries in the audience who included: Sheriff Eddie Soileau, State Senator Eric LaFleur, State Representative Bernard LeBas, Clerk of Court Randy Deshotel, District Attorney Trent Brignac, Assessor Dirk Deville, Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine, Mamou mayor Ricky Fontenot, City Marshal Ronald T Doucet and Liz Hill of the Evangeline Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness.

    The police jury approved issuing the sale of 30.6 million dollars in sales tax revenue bonds at 3.54 percent. The funds will be used for the construction, improvement and maintenance of parish roads and drainage. The bonds will be paid back from the collection of a 2 cent parish wide sales tax.

    In other action the police jury:

--voted to apply for a $100,000 community development block grant for security system for the courthouse and all parish owned offices and buildings;

--reappointed R.L. Quam for another four year term on the Evangeline Parish Water District #1 Board in Pine Prairie;

--reappointed Greg Monier for another two year term on the Mamou Fire Protection District Board;

--approved the low bid of E.L. Habetz of $38,700 to storm proof the Ville Platte Northside Civic Center.

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