FRENCH SETTLEMENT -- Plans for the refurbished municipal building highlighted the Board of Aldermen's final meeting in the makeshift town hall Sept. 12.

The garage-turned-municipal facility has served as the town hall since February 2017, after the August 2016 flood brought 25 inches of water into the adjacent municipal building.

In preparation for the move, the village approved a purchase of two security cameras for the town hall, along with the two at the makeshift town hall, which will now house the police department.

The two cameras will cost the village a total of nearly $4,700.

The cameras will monitor both buildings and the surrounding areas, including the pavilion and grounds area where the village often hosts public events.

The board also authorized Mayor Toni Guitreau to request a $25,000 grant through the Louisiana Government Assistance Program for purchase of two natural gas generators -- one for the municipal building, the other for the police department.

The Livingston Parish Council will receive a total of $77,000 for the LGAP grant, from which any of the parish's eight municipalities can apply for a portion of the funding. The parish will distribute the funds.

The two projects come as the village gears up for a celebration Tuesday, Sept. 25, to officially reopen the municipal building, which has been incapacitated since the August 2016 flood.

The event will include free food, beverages and live music. There is no entry charge, and it is open to the public.

In other business, a cleanup of the festival grounds is planned for Sept. 22 in preparation of the Creole Festival scheduled for the third weekend in October.

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