The first one will take place Saturday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the town plans to have the markets through the fall harvest.
Councilman Scott Christ said about 13 people attended a meeting at City Hall April 10 interested in being involved with the market. He said people should only sell what they grow in their garden or farm. Participants should bring their own tables and change, he said.
Christ said people have asked whether people can sell their art at the market, but the council decided that only farm or garden products, such as vegetables or eggs, should be sold there.
He said the farmers market will continue only if participants make sure the plaza is cleaned of debris, and the bathrooms are locked, after the event is over.
The council heard from the developer of Thomas Landing duplexes in Mamou, north of Celestine Street for residents on limited incomes. Clem LaFleur said the construction, which has begun, should be completed in about six months.
He said applicants for the duplexes will be screened for income level, credit and legal problems. He also said strict standards include immediate eviction of residents involved with drug use, even when not at the development. He said applications for the 12-month leases will begin to be accepted in four or five months.
LaFleur Industries is based in Baton Rouge but has an office, and housing units, in Ville Platte. The Ville Platte office manager, Glenda Frank, lives in Mamou. The company has constructed about 120 housing units in Louisiana. He said examples of residents who live in the developments are sheriff’s deputies, police or other municipal employees and school teachers. LaFleur said there have been no disturbances at the housing developments his company oversees.
Council members said the city plans to annex the property where the development is being built, after receiving necessary clearances, and will supply utility services.
The last action taken during the council meeting was approval of ordinances to have two four-way-stop intersections. One will be at the intersection of Chestnut and Fourth streets and the other will be at the intersection of Mulberry and Fourth streets.