An agreement with the Simmesport VFW for the use of the Town of Simmesport’s building was signed on Tuesday, May 9, 2023. The agreement gives the Simmesport VFW exclusive use of the building for their post for 99 years! Pictured l to r: VFW Post Quartermaster Stephen Johnson, VFW Post Commander Billy Bonnette, Simmesport Mayor Leslie Draper, III, Town Clerk Jalesia Batiste.
According to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, every ten years voting districts have to be reassessed in accordance with the US Census. Each district shall represent the population evenly within +/- 10%. Each voting district must be contiguous ( no gaps or holes) among other criteria. Since the Census has Simmesport with a population of 1,468, and there are 4 districts, each district must contain between 349 and 385 people to comply with the Voting Rights Act. At the May 8 , 2023 Town Council Meeting the redistricting Plan A was chosen by the Town Council. The map above shows the proposed districts. This redistricting has to be done by ordinance, so there is a public hearing scheduled for June 12, 2023 at 5:30 PM yo get public input on this plan. You can download a PDF version of this map by clicking on the link below.
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.