The Ville Platte City Council, during its meeting Tuesday, February 10, agreed to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Louisiana Folk Roots for the organization’s upcoming Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week.
Gilbert “Winky” Aucoin, president of Louisiana Folk Roots, said the agreement was not for monetary support but for labor or equipment the city would be willing to provide for the event, as well as its participation. He stated the police jury would be cooking a “culturally relevant” meal for guests of the event, which will be held April 17-24, at Chicot State Park.
Mayor Bill Jeanmard said the city had a booth at last year’s heritage week and many of the council members participated. For this year’s event, he said the city will be expanding its presence there and participate in more activities than the previous year.
The council also heard personnel requests from Police Chief Neal Lartigue. Council members approved the hiring of Jamie Vidrine and John Bass as provisional officers for the department and to move part-time officer Joe Richard to full-time.
Lartigue then requested Lt. John B. “Chip” Matte Jr. be promoted to the position of provisional assistant chief, following the recent resignation of Kevin McDaniel. The council approved Matte’s promotion to provisional assistant chief contingent on his passing a test for the position and interviewing with the council and mayor.
In other business, the council:
•Learned bids for the pavilion project should be received March 3.
•Appointed Councilman Mike Perron as mayor pro-tem.
•Approved amending the budget by $4,500 to allow for the replacement of street signs that were damaged or that went missing after last year’s hurricanes.
•Amended the mayor’s award to include a monetary award of up to $100. Jeanmard said when the resolution was written, there was an oversight and the $100 award was left out.