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     The Ville Platte City Council, Tuesday, received the 2013 audit findings from city auditor Vic Slaven who reviewed the city’s 2013 financial records. Slaven reported that the city has corrected most of the findings in the city’s Section 8 Rent Subsidy program that were reported on in last year’s audit. The program is funded through federal HUD dollars that help pay the rent for low income tenants in rent housing in the city. The city council accepted the findings of the audit report.

      In other business, the council approved sponsoring the summer feeding program again this summer at Ville Platte High School. Allen Freeman told the council that the program last year fed over 500 children at no charge to the youth. This year the program will take place June 2-July 31 from 11;00am to 12:30pm Monday through Friday. Children between the ages of 1 and 18 are eligible for the daily free lunch. Buses will be provided to transport the students.

     Arthur Sampson addressed the council urging the city to assign a department to help clean up  debris on the street following a traffic accident in the city. Police Chief Neal Lartigue said he will contact the wrecker companies to take care of the clean up. In the event there is no clean up, police will notify the city street department to help clean up the broken glass and debris.

    City Engineer Ronnie Landreneau announced work crews have installed about 700 out of about 3000 smart meters throughout the city as part of the city’s second phase of the city water improvement project. Also plans will be turned in to the state fire marshal’s office  for improvements for the proposed Ville Platte Boy’s and Girl’s Club at the old city hall building. The club is due to open in June.

     In other action the city council:

--received news that the city spent $73,632 less in December than it did in November;

--approved a beer and liquor permit for the Swamp Pop Museum for its annual benefit Mardi Gras Eve dance at the civic center;

--heard from Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle that the fire department responded to 316 calls and 81 structure fires in 2013;

--heard from Police Chief Neal Lartigue report the police department responded 567 calls in December, made 45 arrests, 14 citations, 6 felony arrests and worked 54 traffic accidents;

--announced that there will be free income tax preparation service for city residents during the month of February at city hall;

--received news that the city has received a grant from the United Way for a limited version of the Y.O.U. student mentoring program.


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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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