Local News Archives for 2023-01

Ville Platte City Council Tuesday review a recently approved sewer project

Ville Platte City Council Meeting January `10, 2023 The Ville Platte City Council Tuesday received a detailed review and explanation from its City Attorney Chris Ludeau about his legal opinion over a recent contract the city signed with a private firm to construct a new sewer system. Ludeau advised the council that the city should have presented the contract before the State Bond Commission for their approval. Ludeau said he spoke with former City Attorney Eric Lafleur who told him the contact was never reviewed by him. City Councilman Bryant Riggs, said he voted for the sewer project with the firm, Sustainability Pardners. Riggs said he was present when attorney Lafleur told him and the rest of the city council that the contract "was a good deal" for the city. The council after much discussion voted to review the contract with Sustainability Pardners and decide whether the city should cancel the project. During a disagreement between City Marshal Nicole Snoddy and City Councilman Bryant Riggs, councilman Tracey Jagneaux pleaded to the rest of the council and the audience , " We need to stop all this name calling. We need a certain decorum in our meetings. If you have an opinion, say it with respect." Mayor Ryan LeDay Williams issued a statement to the public " Upon taking office, we are discovering that the city has taken on a lot of debt. Water, gas and sewer needs to be addressed for the residents. We are meeting weekly to streamline all budget issues." In other business, the city: --approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with the police jury to start the cleaning of city canals; --appointed Christina Sam as new Mayor Pro- Tem; --voted to upgrade the city animal shelter to help handle the number of animals the city is handling until a new parish shelter is constructed in the next two years; --heard special reports from State Senator Heather Cloud and Jerri LeDoux with Congressman Mike Johnson's Office; --heard from Fire Chief Chris Soileau reported on year end fire reports: for the year 2022: there were 320 incidents, 39 structure fires, 11 vehicle fires, 63 grass fires, 16 medical calls, 7 extractions, 104 alarm activations and 50 service calls; --heard from Police Chief Al Perry Thomas give his monthly police report: 185 calls, 36 citations, 34 arrests and 11 felony arrests and the department worked 16 traffic accidents; --approved hiring several police officers including two officers who worked for the city before; -called a public hearing to adopt ordnances to combine the offices, city clerk, treasurer and tax collector, and another ordinance to change the compensation of the city attorney and to change the time of the regular meetings.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting

Elizabeth West Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting January 10, 2023 A new year brings a new face to the Evangeline Parish Police Jury, with the swearing in of Angelica Williams by Ville Platte City Judge Greg Vidrine during the police jury's meeting on Monday. Williams was appointed to fill the police jury seat left vacant after her husband, Ryan Leday Williams, was elected Ville Platte Mayor back in November of 2022. During the meeting, Chester Granger was officially appointed as the new Secretary-Treasurer for the EPPJ. Granger, who was appointed as interim Secretary-Treasurer in December, replaced Donald Bergeron after Bergeron announced he would be resigning from his role with the EPPJ and accepting a position with the City of Ville Platte.  When it came to selecting officers for the year 2023, current EPPJ President Bryan Vidrine was selected to serve another year as President, while police jurors voted for Kevin Veillon to serve as its Vice-President.  During the meeting, police jurors once again discussed the ongoing issue it faces with people stealing street signs.  Granger reported that cameras have been purchased and will be put out in different locations in an effort to catch people stealing street signs. In addition, EPPJ President Bryan Vidrine asked for anyone with information on individuals stealing street signs to call the police jury, police departments or the sheriff's office to report them.  As it relates to sales tax collections, Granger reported that the total collections for November 2022 were $321,366.01. Other items approved: •Appoint Robert LeJeune to the Acadia/Evangeline Fire Protection District for the remainder of Neil LeJeune's term, to expire in December 2023.  •Final payment for redistricting maps of $16,800.00.  •Incidental travel items for Bryan Vidrine's travel to Washington, DC.  •IRS Standard Mileage Rates for 2023 set at 65.5 cents per mile.  •Pay $7,675.04 for a second 4-H agent for Evangeline Parish. •Regular meeting dates, time, and place set for the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. except for when the meeting date falls on a holiday. Meetings will be held at the Evangeline Parish Courthouse in the police jury meeting room on the second floor. •Committee meetings set for the same date and at the same location as the regular meetings at 5 p.m. •Pay for Registrar of Voters Lucas Buller to attend annual conference. 

Ville Platte City Council Meeting

Ville Platte City Council Meeting January 4, 2022 The Ville Platte City Council, Wednesday, held its first meeting of the new year with new members and took care of house keeping responsibilities. New Mayor Ryan LeDay Wllliams recommended Donald Bergeron as the new city clerk. Bergeron has been serving for the last ten years as Evangeline Parish Police Jury Secretary-Treasurer. City Councilman Bryant Riggs said he had no problem with Bergeron as the new city clerk but had concerns over the proposed salary. Currently the city clerk pay scale is set by ordinance at $49,000. Bergeron's pay is expected to be $75,000 a year. Riggs felt the pay rate should be closer to $60,000 a year and the council should look at trying to give all city employees pay raises. Mayor Williams explained to Riggs and the city council that Bergeron's duties will encompass three positions: City Clerk, City Treasurer and Tax Collector. By combining all three positions, the city will actually save $14,000 a year. Bergeron was appointed as new City Clerk by a vote of 5-1 with only Bryant Riggs voting no. In his statement after the vote, Bergeron said "I appreciate your vote of confidence. I will work hard to earn every dollar. We are committed to help raise the level of pay to all city employees." In other business, the city council: --appointed Chris Ludeau as new city attorney; --appointed Deidra Godfrey as new city prosecutor; ==appointed Janice Leday as new Section 8 director; --appointed the Ville Platte Gazette as its legal journal; And voted to set its monthly meeting the second Tuesday each month at 5:30pm at City Hall

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