The Ville Platte City Council briefly discussed the city’s 2009 budget at its meeting Tuesday, June 10, and scheduled a special meeting for June 24, to delve deeper into the city’s finances.
Mayor Bill Jeanmard said some of the highlights of the budget are increases in group insurance, oil and electricity. Some of these categories have significantly more funds budgeted for them next year, and Jeanmard stated he expects some prices, such as oil, to continue to increase.
The city council will review its proposed budget at the special meeting June 24, at 5 p.m.
In other business, the council:
•Received a $2,500 donation from CenturyTel for the Y.O.U. program.
•Approved hiring two new provisional police officers. They are Blade James Bonnette and Randy Bolfa.
•Discussed the city’s charitable games ordinance. Jeanmard said the city is looking to make changes to its ordinance to allow the city to provide bingo games and pay bingo employees with the money generated by the games. The rest of the funds would be donated to various local charities. The council will further discuss the ordinance amendments at its June 24, special meeting, when City Attorney Eric LaFleur is expected to be in attendance.
The council also agreed to further discuss the city’s upcoming bond election at that special meeting. If the bond election passes, it will be used for the repair of the city’s water system.
•Approved a liquor permit for the fire department, which will be holding a softball tournament at the Northside Civic Center July 25-27.
•Heard from CenturyTel representative Andrew Dugas, who stated CenturyTel has agreed to perform a feasibility study on providing entertainment services (cable television) in Ville Platte, in addition to its phone and internet services.
•Named the Ville Platte Gazette as the city’s official journal.