The village of Mauritius is experiencing population growth
VERMILLION PARISH, Louisiana (KLFY) The demographic growth of Mauritius calls for an upgrade.
As News 10’s Rodricka Taylor reports, Mauritius Village becomes Mauritius Town.
The village of Maurice seeks to develop in more ways than one.
After a delay in US censusthe mayor plans for the village to become a town.
“It’s exciting. In the state of Louisiana, if you have a thousand or less, you classify as a village. One in 5000 and you classify as a city, 5000 or more you classify as a city,” a said Mayor Wayne Theriot.
He says that in 2010 the population of Mauritius was 964 people, just 36 less than a city.
Since that time, Theriot says, the region has experienced phenomenal growth.
“We are one of the fastest growing municipalities in this entire state,” he said.
“We’re at 2,118 people, so we’ve passed the threshold to be a city.”
Even as the village experienced growth, Theriot said the Covid-19 pandemic had affected US census results.
“Due to the pandemic, a lot of people didn’t respond to the census, and we had people who had moved into the area and we’re anticipating that in today’s accurate count you’ll probably be close to 22 or 2300.”
With the village transforming into a city, the mayor says residents are eligible for additional federal and state grants to meet specific needs. In addition, the region will have greater government representation.
“Due to our compact size, we will appoint aldermen, and they will serve broadly as opposed to districts.”
Although the village is turning into a city, he still wants the community to keep the identity of the village.
“A village means a certain thing, a small community close to family and we want to make sure it stays that way,” Theriot said.
There will be a meeting on April 13 for the council to file an order to classify Mauritius as a city.