VILLE PLATTE — Following a public hearing, the Evangeline Parish Police Jury voted unanimously Monday to adopt an amendment to its glass bottle ordinance for Crooked Creek Park near Pine Prairie.
The new ordinance adds penalties to the ordinance although there was no mention of jail time or fines during the meeting.
First-time offenders will be issued a warning or a citation from deputies or wildlife agents. Second-time offenders will be removed from the park and be issued a citation from a law enforcement officer.
Visitors to the parish-owned park will also be notified about the changes through signs and by receiving a set of park rules at the entrance.
In other business Monday, the Police Jury authorized President Eric Soileau to approve the lowest possible bid that the parish will receive later this week for making the restroom on the second floor of the courthouse handicap accessible, which is being mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Parish Engineer Ronnie Landreneau estimates the work will cost the parish about $10,000.
USDA is holding up awarding a grant to the Sheriff’s Office for new vehicles until the courthouse restroom project is completed, Soileau said.
The Police Jury also voted to advertise to replace the chillers and blowers on the courthouse air conditioning system using grant funds. The jury also voted to advertise for bids for limestone, pest control, culverts and fuel.
ENGINEER SELECTION: Authorized its secretary treasurer to begin the procurement process to select an engineer, administrator and project manager for a federal Hazard Mitigation Grant. The successful candidate will handle the project to “harden” the Ville Platte Northside Civic Center to better withstand high winds and stormy conditions.
APPOINTMENTS: Appointed Bryan Bieber to replace Peter Savoy on the Mamou Drainage District Board and reappointed Roderick Thibodeaux to serve another five-year term on the Evangeline Parish Water District One board.
RESOLUTION: Approved a resolution supporting the new United States Bicycle Route, a portion of which will run through Ville Platte and Chataignier.