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New Recreation Center Groundbreaking

The Ward 7 Recreation Center broke ground on Friday, November 1, on the new 32,060 sq ft community center at 1615 Horridge St. Pat Williams Construction will build the new center at a contract price of $4,190,000.00 with a completion date of the summer of 2021. The building will feature one full and one half basketball court, with the ability to accommodate a full volleyball court, two activity rooms, an exercise room, a walking track, a kitchen, concession area, and business/office space.

On hand for the groundbreaking were the Ward 7 Recreation Center board members, direct, Mayor Stinson, and others. Refreshments were served afterwards in the old Recreation Center gym.

2019 Homecoming Parade Lineup Information

We are not assigning spots this year.  Participants will line up on a first come, first serve basis except for current class floats and homecoming court members.  Numbers will be assigned before the parade starts.

Line up will begin at 3:00 pm at the intersection of Horridge St and Grace Ave then continue west on Grace then north on Stevenson and west on Perry if needed.  The parade itself will start at 4:00 pm.

All entries (except current class and court floats) need to come down Perry St from West St and then go South on Stevenson to line up.

Street closures by 3:00 pm!!!  Horridge St will be closed to all traffic at the recreation center. Perry St will also be closed to all traffic between Stevenson St and Horridge St.  Grace Ave will be closed at the high school.

Current class floats and homecoming court ONLY report to the front of the high school to line up. Someone from the fire department will be there to line them up by class prior to the parade start.

LMA District “G” Meeting

This year Vinton hosted the Louisiana Municipal Association’s District “G” meeting at the Vinton Knights of Columbus Hall. The highlight of the evening were the nomination of candidates for the upcoming officer elections. Mayor Kenneth Stinson was nominated for reelection as LMA Vice President.

“Poochie” Wilkinson 90th Birthday

Long-time Vinton resident Samuel “Poochie” Wilkinson celebrated his 90th birthday at the United Methodist Church on April 28, 2019. In honor of his services to the community and the military, Mayor Kenneth Stinson presented Mr. Wilkinson with a proclamation stating April 28 to be Sam “Poochie” Wilkinson Day.

Mr. Wilkinson has three children: Deborah, Scott, and Sam.

In Memoriam David T. Riggins

Farewell and Funeral Service

We are saddened to report the death of David T. Riggins, the former Mayor of Vinton.  We offer our condolences and sympathies to all family and friends.

David Riggins was mayor of Vinton from 2000 until 2007, when he accepted a position as financial advisor with Government Consultants, Inc.  He had served the Vinton community in different roles over the years, including Mayor, City Councilman, Justice of the Peace, board member of the Ward 7 Recreation Center, and President of the Louisiana Municipal Association.

Please send your prayers and best wishes to his family in this time of grief.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 23 at:

Mt. Calvary Baptist Church
300 N. Blake St
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Visitation will start at 9:00 am and the funeral will be at 11:00 am.

Community Christmas 2018

Santa Claus dropped by City Hall to make a special appearance with a bounty of toys for tots. On hand to receive presents as part of his Make a Wish was Drake Quebedeaux.

FFBLA opening

First Federal Bank Grand Opening

On Monday, October 8, at 10:00 am, First Federal Bank of Louisiana had a Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new branch building opening in Vinton.  First Federal moved into the building on Center St that formerly housed Iberia Bank.  The Vinton High School Band played before the ceremony.  The Boy Scouts of America led the Pledge of Allegiance.  And even Gumbeaux Gator was on hand to enliven the event.  Refreshments were served afterwards in the bank building.

Coffee with the Mayor

The Town of Vinton hosted a “Coffee with the Mayor” on the morning of Friday, October 5 for citizens to meet and talk with Town officials and others.  Among the participants were representatives of Westlake Chemical, who presented the Vinton High School Band with a donation of $500.00

Advertisement for Sealed Bids

The TOWN OF VINTON, LOUISIANA does hereby advertise for sealed bids and will open same on October 10, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Vinton City Hall, located at 1200 Horridge St., Vinton, LA 70668 for the following: 500-Form 2s and 50-Form 16s

AMR ELECTRIC METERS

Meters must be self contained and compatible with Town’s existing remote read electric, and water meter system: Master Meter 3G Drive-by system. Proposed systems that are not compatible will not be considered.

All bids must be submitted on BID FORMS.  Paper Bids Forms and a complete set of Bid Specifications may be obtained from the Town of Vinton, 1200 Horridge St, Vinton LA  70668.

Preference is given to materials, supplies and provisions that are produced, manufactured, or grown in Louisiana, quality being equal to articles offered by competitors outside of the State.

The Owner reserves the right to reject any and all bids for just cause as permitted by LA R.S. 38:2214B.  The ability of an Entity to reject any bid is applicable only when administered in accordance with the Public Bid Law.  In accordance with LA R.S. 38:2212B. (1), the provisions and requirements of this Section, and those stated in the bidding documents shall not be waived by any entity.

Bids may be held by the Town of Vinton for a period not to exceed forty-five (45) days from the date of the opening of bids for the purpose of reviewing the bids and investigating the qualifications of bidders, prior to award.

Official action on this bid will be taken at the a Meeting of the Town of Vinton within forty-five (45) days.

All paper bids MUST be plainly marked and should contain the following on the outside of the envelope:

AMR ELECTRIC METERS

KENNETH STINSON, MAYOR

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