The Ville Platte City Council held its monthly meeting tonight at Ville Platte City Hall. Mayor, Jennifer Vidrine, was happy to report that expenditures for the month of December, 2015 were $157,790.93, which was $23,120.62 less than the previous month.
The Mayor also reported that they have applied for a Firefighter grant in the amount of $199,755.00 for the use of updating fire equipment. Talks were had on where the new fire station will be located and Mayor Vidrine said they are still trying to decide if they are going to tear down the current fire station and rebuild on that site, or choose another piece of city property to build on.
Chief of Police, Neal Lartigue, reported the hiring of five new police officers. Those officers were introduced as Nathaniel Leday, Ryan Ferguson, Samuel Tidwell, Chad Romero and Ramon West. Several of the officers have past law enforcement experience adding to the benefit of having them on the Force.
Fire Chief, Chris Harrison, announced the hiring of a new firefighter, Kyle Dupre. Kyle has been a volunteer firefighter and has experience. Due to the retirement of Former Chief, Ted Demoruelle, and the promotion of others, there was an opening.
The Mayor announced the Boys & Girls Club will need approximately 10 volunteers to help with an Adult Literacy Program. Those who are interested are encouraged to call City Hall. Also, the City will begin installing “state of the art” meters on homes and you will see city workers in your yards completing the work.