Plaquemine honored with prestigious development prize

Deidre Cruse

The Louisiana Municipal Association honored the City of Plaquemine its highest community development award for the Water Spray Park and Skateboard Park projects at City Park on Belleview Road.

Municipalities of similar populations compete for community achievement awards in basic services, community development and economic development. ?? The city won its community development award in the 3,000 to 10,000 population category for outstanding municipal improvements.

The award, announced at the LMA's 74th annual convention banquet before an audience of some 1,500, was a welcome surprise, said Mayor Mark A. "Tony" Gulotta. Each of the six members of the Board of Selectmen received a plaque.

“A successful partnership between the City, the Iberville Parish Council and Iberville Parish Parks and Recreation District has made this award a reality, along with the continued support of our community,” the mayor said. "We are very proud to have LMA recognize the City Park’s achievements."??

He also recognized his chief assistant for writing the application for the award.

“We are grateful to have on board Special Projects Director Kristine Hebert in developing such award-winning applications and grant proposals,” the mayor said. ??

?Entries were judged by representatives from Louisiana State University, DED, the Louisiana Department of Labor, the state's Regional Planning Commissions and the Industrial Development Executives Association.

??The awards pay tribute to the "vision and ingenuity of elected municipal officials and those who assist them in planning and improving citizen services, community life and economic conditions," said Dr. Brookie Allphin, a communications and governmental consultant.