The Village of Anacco is on the verge of expanding its park, one of the jewels in the municipal crown.


The Village Council on Monday night approved purchase of a previously conducted survey of a tract adjacent to the park on U.S. Hwy. 171 as it moves closer to purchasing the property.

Buying the survey from Ed Reese will save the village about $800 in its bid to close the property deal with the Wilrodt and Youngblood interests.

The land lies between the current site and the Community Center and extends to the east.

Mayor Keith Lewing noted the village has been working for some time to complete the transaction.

The council also formally adopted the purchase order system that has evolved in the village over the years. Putting it on the record as the village’s official way of doing business was a suggestion by the the municipality’s auditor, officials said.

Council member LaVerne Miers, whose 24 consecutive years (six terms) in office were recognized earlier this summer by the Louisiana Municipal Association, received plaudits at Monday night’s session.

She said following the meeting that after more than two decades she still looks forward eagerly every day to going to the village hall and working on projects too numerous to fully list in this space.

The aforementioned park expansion is one such. Others she mentioned Monday night include Concerts in the Park, POW/MIA Day, Hot Dogs in the Park and a visit by Mr. and Mrs. Claus in December, all of which are currently in the works. Additionally, there plans not yet ready for public unveiling.

Also cited with special recognition Monday night was Angie Schraven, who received a plaque and special thanks from the council for her leadership in making the recent Military Appreciation Day the success that it was.

The mayor and council also commended the work of Shaunda Pridgen, who assumed the village clerk’s post in July after many years with the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The council moved the September meeting date to Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. due to the Labor Day holiday falling on Sept. 4, the regular meeting day.