The Town of Simmesport received the top honor from the Louisiana Municipal Association for its Crisis and Recovery Plan. Simmesport was selected by the LMA for first place in the Economic Development category among municipalities under 3,000 population for its innovative financial plan to clear over half a million dollars of debt. In cooperation with Sustainability Partners, Simmesport was not only able to install wireless water meters, but also pay off over $612,000 in debt. Some of this debt put the Simmesport in serious jeopardy and well over half if the debts were incurred by previous administrations. Working with the leading-edge and ingenious financing solutions from Sustainability partners, Simmesport was able to eliminate this debt and the financing used to obtain the funds for this does not count as debt on the Town’s finances. Mayor Draper would like to thank the Town Council and the Town Administrative Staff for their hard work and dedication toward the implementation of this plan. Simmesport would also like to thank Sustainability Partners for their help in building this cooperative endeavor and for their commitment to the financial growth and quality of life for the citizens of Simmesport.
“To God be the glory”.
The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office is adamant about fighting waste and fraud in government. If you feel fraud is being committed, you can call the number above (844-503-7283) or click on the link below to enter a report online.
To the Residents of Simmesport,
Office of the Mayor,
On behalf of our town officials we share with you in the many and rapid changes we are experiencing relative to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We’ve been in constant contact with Federal, State, Parish, local Officials, Pastors, Businesses, and many others pursing information to advance the efforts to keep our people safe, healthy and in good spirits. Although we face the challenges moment to moment, we encourage each of you to Pray for the healing of our nations. Let’s take this opportunity to come together for the common good of humanity.
Please practice :
-Washing of hand as often as possible
-Laws that apply to the urgency of the moment
-Be prepared to adapt to necessary changes
-Stay away from large gatherings (CDC recommendations)
-Look out for scammers
-Town Hall Lobby will be closed until further notice (Payments can be made via, drop box, online, mail,)
-Curfew will be enforced
-If resources become available from federal, state, parish, and/or local level we will inform the public.
We will do our best to keep you updated. Please practice a cautious calmness as we go through this trial. Don’t let internet rumors drive irrational behavior. If you have any questions please call us at 318-941-2493 during regular business hours.Even though the lobby is closed, we staff will be in the Town Hall Mondays through Thursdays from 8 AM to 4 PM.
Mayor Leslie Draper III (“Keep the Faith”)
Council : Kenneth Marsh -Pro-tem, Myron K. Brown, Ted Turner, Sherman Bell Sr., At-Large Presley Bordelon, Clerk- Dacia Adams
We would like to let you know that all senior centers have been closed by order of the Governor. Seniors can still get meals by coming to the Simmesport Senior Center and picking them up. No one will be allowed to stay and eat inside the center. You can also call the Simmesport Senior Center at 318-941-2652 to have a meal delivered to your home. Until the Coronovirus threat has lessened, seniors are especially vulnerable and should limit their contact with others as much as possible. The Avoyelles Council on Ageing and the Simmesport Senior Center will help in any way they can. The Town of Simmesport will post updates here as we get them.