The residents of Plaquemine had several new events to enjoy this year designed to bring the community together and support local organizations and the city’s small businesses.

In one, the city’s Main Street program partnered with the Friends of the Lock for Caroling at the Lock in early December and the city partnered with the active organization We are the Difference to provide the location and logistics for the Farmers Market to run through the spring and the event will return for the fall.

“One of my goals has been to bring the community together and these events have really fostered community,” Plaquemine Mayor Ed Reeves Jr. said.

“We are very excited about the positive response to these events and plan on making them even better in 2018,” he continued. “We that We Are the Difference for developing the ideas of the Farmers Market and All is Bright and working in partnership with us on them.”

“These collaborative efforts are important in building our community,” Reeves said.

Another accomplishment by the city is the completion of the renovation of City Park, a $630,000 project. The City of Plaquemine’s objective with the project was to rejuvenate the park and attendance has soured to four times its previous use since, proving the effectiveness of the city’s plan.

Included in the project was $250,000 in state-of-the-art playground equipment, new bathroom facilities,  a new concession stand for the park’s ballfields, resurfacing the basketball courts and a new pavilion to provide shade for park visitors.

The project also included new picnic tables and benches, and expanding walking trail that extends the old trail to three-quarters of a mile, new concrete dugouts and upgrades to the ballparks’ backstops, new lighting, better drainage and the pruning of the trees in the park to raise the canopy of the park’s many oak trees.

The city offered its deep appreciation to the Louisiana Office of State Parks and the Iberville Parks and Recreation District for their total of $380,000 in grants and in-kind work to make the renovations a reality.

Other of the city parks will be upgraded in the near future. New playground equipment has already been installed in the Herman Graham Park and the North Plaquemine Park and before the city is done, the parks will see about $100,000 in improvements in the near future, included upgrades to the restrooms and more playground equipment.

Another move by the city and its Board of Selectmen is the refinancing of a bond that will save the city $500,000 over the course of the bond. The bond issue is to provided the funding for the first phase of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant project.

One last improvement was noted in the bulletin, the City of Plaquemine’s ongoing effort to eliminate abandoned and junked vehicles in the city. Last year, the city removed 120 vehicles and the initiative continues as the new year progresses.