The city of Leesville has received an honorable mention award in the Community Development category of the Louisiana Municipal Association's Community Achievement Awards during the annual LMA conference on Aug. 3 in Monroe.
The award, in its 45th year, is given to municipalities that display outstanding improvements and accomplishments for their communities. The awards are categorized by basic service, community development and economic development. Entries submitted were judged by a committee of judges from the Louisiana Economic Development, Capital Region Planning Commission, Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, Louisiana Main Street, and the Louisiana Office of the State Fire Marshal.
"The city council and I are very proud of this achievement," Leesville Mayor Robert Rose said. "The city…worked tirelessly to balance the city's budget as well as to decrease expenditures. The success of this hard work culminated in the allowance of a community services division to be established with clear goals in mind."
Dr. Brookie Allphin, communications and governmental consultant, said 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."