Ville Platte — The Evangeline Parish Police Jury on Monday heard from Thomas Drew with Wastewater Treatment Systems and Operation on his proposal to take over operation of the five sewer treatment systems owned and operated by the parish.

Drew said he is proposing a long-term lease with the parish for his company to assume the operation, maintenance and liability of the sewer systems.

Customers in Evangeline Parish are paying $15 a month for sewer service.

Drew’s rates would be $25 a month if the proposal is approved by the Police Jury, and the company would have to have council approval before it could increase the rates again.

The Police Jury operates and maintains sewer systems in Vidrine, Reddell, Doucet subdivision north of Ville Platte, Dupre Subdivision east of Ville Platte and a subdivision south of Ville Platte.

The proposal was referred to the sewer committee for review.

In other business, the Police Jury discussed:

STANDARDS FOR NEW ROADS: The Police Jury discussed updating its standards for accepting roads into the parish system.

The Parish Planning Commission has the authority to set minimum standards for subdivision streets.

The Police Jury referred a proposal to its Road and Bridge Committee to consider using the same minimum standards that the Parish Planning Commission uses to accept new roads into the parish system.

PARISH 4-H SECRETARY: The jury approved a request from County Agent Keith Fontenot to hire Shella Fruge as a part-time Police Jury secretary.

The parish will pay Fruge $10 per hour for 24 hours a week to work as secretary for the parish’s 4-H program. The program has 22 4-H programs with 900-1,100 students enrolled.

SALES TAX COLLECTIONS: The parish collected $270,353 in September in the 2 percent sales tax.

ENDORSED A NEW PROGRAM: The Police Jury endorsed a new pilot program suggested by Becky Buller in which the parish will work with the City of Ville Platte encouraging businesses to hire additional temporary workers to improve the economy.