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FEBRUARY 3, 2016


    The Ville Platte Rotary Club Tuesday heard from Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce President Renee Brown.

    Brown said she and her new board are gathering information from businesses on new ideas and what direction they would like to see the board go. The board is comprised of Linda Lebsack, Annette Johnson, Anita Melancon, Felicia Manuel, Luke Deville and Angie Rozas.

    One area she and her board are looking at is to update the chamber by-laws. “We are reviewing all the current by laws and looking removing outdated rules and updating the by-laws to fit what we are trying to accomplish today.”

    Another area is to possibly expand the chamber to become a parish wide chamber. She is reaching out to parish mayors in Chataignier and Turkey Creek to get their ideas and comments.

   The chamber is looking at forming new committees such economic development and rural development. They are also planning additional events such as “business after hours and “coffee before hours.”

    Brown wants to reach out and work with women in leadership positions throughout the city to support and network with them.

    She announced that this year’s chamber banquet will feature the accomplishments of local businesses in addition to recognizing the city’s man and woman of the year along with the business of the year.

    In other news, Rotary Club President Mitch Fontenot recognized Rotarian Anita Fontenot for recruiting two new club members.


The Evangeline Parish Police Jury held its monthly meeting tonight in the Evangeline Parish Courthouse.  Jurors reported on the DOTD 2016 Highway Plan.  Juror, Bryan Vidrine, said in meeting with DOTD in Lafayette that Hwy. 167 from Turkey Creek to I-49, Hwy 106 from Beaver Creek to I-49 were discussed and they will be conducting more studies to determine if funds will be provided to repair those roads.  Other roads being discussed are Hwy. 104 and Hwy 95 from Mamou to Chataignier.  He noted that a positive aspect to the funding of road repair is that there will be approximately 80 million dollars put back into the DOTD.  That money was being used on the State Police, but newly elected Governor John Bel Edwards has taken those funds and put them back into the DOTD.


The Police Jury voted to adopt an ordinance stating that if a business sales tax is not up-to-date, the renewal of its liquor permit and professional permits will be affected.  It was also noted that if someone disputes the amount they owe, they still must pay the taxes “Under Protest” while an appeal is under way.


The Jury decided to re-establish the Advisory Committee for Evangeline Parish Drainage District #10.  It was abolished years back, but approximately $154,000.00 remains in the account.  The new committee will have representation from Districts 1, 5, 7, 6, 8 and 9.

Ellis Guillory was granted a liquor permit by the Jury.  The former Angel Food Store #2 will now be called E&J Community Grocery.


Secretary/Treasurer, Donald Bergeron, reported that collections of sewer accounts serviced by the Redell/Vidrine Water System are under way.  He noted that 19 customers who are seriously delinquent (over 90 days) have been sent a certified letter advising if the bill is not handled immediately, water will be cut off.  He reported that 7 customers have come in to make payment arrangements and those who have not are encouraged to do so.


Bergeron also stated there was a meeting held with Senator Eric Lafleur about our parish jail and the condition of same.  He noted this is “preliminary groundwork” to try and figure out what options we have as far as rebuilding, moving prisoners, etc.  Juror, Eric Soileau, advised there will be a meeting tomorrow with Senator Bill Cassidy to explore every avenue possible to try and create a plan.


Keep Evangeline Beautiful presented Certificates of Appreciation to the following students for their contributions in keeping our Parish clean:


Cub Scout Pack #72 - Adopted Magnolia Street up to the Library - the 2nd Saturday of the month.


Cub Scouts: Camry Freeman, 4th Grader, James Stephen, Noah Edward, 3rd Grader, James Stephens, Tyler Lezard, 1st Grader, Vidrine Elementary and James Freeman, 5th Grader, Ville Platte Middle.



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