Tuesday, 13 August 2019

July News From Preuilly sur Claise

The latest news from Preuilly, as gleaned from the July municipal council minutes.

Local Products in School Canteen
We have a new municipal councillor, Pascal Mijoule. He takes the place of Marie-Christine Auger, who resigned, citing issues with lack of support for the retirement home employees and the disturbing hate campaign against the former school canteen worker. The mayor assured the meeting that the latter issue had been resolved, through a combination of dialogue with parents and new supplier contracts. The school will now provide meals made from local products from the delicatessen, butcher, grocery store and organic vegetables from the Jardins-Vergers de La Rabaudière. The current canteen manager's contract of 22 hours a week has been renewed until Christmas.

A menu from the Preuilly public primary school, posted on the school gate for parents to review.
Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Second Stage of the Chapel Restoration
It was announced that the architect has reduced his fees, from €11 944 to €10 929. The mayor reminded everyone of the estimated funding for this stage of the restoration. The total of €159 655 is expected to come from DRAC (Regional Department for Arts and Culture) €63 862; Sauvegarde de l'art Francaise €15 000; Fondation du Patrimoine €13 000; public subscription €20,000; local history society €12 000; Sites and Monuments €10,000; Crédit Agricole €2000; Municipality €10,000; Patrons €13,793.

A detail of the rare danse macabre wall paintings in the Chapelle de tous les saints. 
The conservation of these paintings is the second stage of the complete restoration.
Photographed by Susan Walter.Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

An insurance sub-committee has been created to look into the choices available from different companies.

Canteen tariffs
The school canteen tariffs have been set for 2019-20, remaining exactly the same as last year. For children who eat at the canteen regularly it is €3.30 per meal, for children who only eat there occasionally it is €3.40 per meal, and €5.70 for adults. To help fund the summer holiday activities for kids the council has asked for a €2.50 per meal contribution from the Communauté des Communes (usually referred to as the ComCom) and salary for a staff member.

Val Touraine Habitat (the county public housing authority) has asked for agreement to sell nine single person apartments in rue Saint Nicolas. The mayor commented that Preuilly lacks rental accommodation and this sale would be regrettable. The council voted against agreeing to the sale in the hope that the apartments will therefore be offered as rentals.

A new terrace has been created to enhance and protect the Hotel Restaurant Esperance.
Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Traffic Jams in the Grande Rue
The mayor has met with the county council (conseil départemental) president to discuss the increasing numbers of heavier and heavier trucks that cross town. A proposal to install chicanes and a roundabout at the Abbey end of the Grande Rue was passed by 7 votes to 4 (with 3 abstentions). The work will be done in the autumn.

Last year a temporary roundabout was set up to test the practicality.
Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

Acquisition of a Bus
The municipality owns an 18 seater bus already, but it is 20 years old and in need of a lot of work. The municipality of Bossay sur Claise is going to buy a new bus, and sell their existing 23 seater, with 180 000 kilometres on the clock. Preuilly is going to offer €10 000 to buy this bus.

Grant for Special Needs Child
A child from Preuilly has been sent to a special class in Loches. The mayor of Loches is requesting financial assistance of €467 for tuition fees. The mayor of Preuilly offered a grant of €300. The proposal was adopted, with 12 votes in favour and 2 abstentions.

A painting by Pascal Joubert de la Motte from 1937 has deteriorated. A donor has offered to pay for restoration costing €3300. The municipality will restore a painting of du Guesclin which hangs in the council room. 

The painting of du Guesclin, Constable of France, which will be conserved.
Photographed by Susan Walter. Tour the Loire Valley with a classic car and a private guide.

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