Robyn Penn Delaney of the Louisiana Development Ready Communities (LDRC) group updated the council on their projects during the Dec. 13 council meeting. Delaney said they were appropriated $20,000 in 2015 for various projects around the City, though did not use all the funds. She asked that the remainder of the $14,667 be donated to either the Economic Development Board of the Downtown Development District for revitalization efforts.
LDRC, which began five years ago, will be turned over to DDD Director Lee Melancon, effective Jan. 1, 2017, Delaney added.
The council voted to renew the Back-to-School Refresher Program again that is organized by Delaney. The program will be held July 24 to July 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lemann Center. Students grades pre-k through twelfth are invited to attend.
The November Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office report was given. During the month there was 536 service calls, of which 61 were vehicle accidents, 58 traffic citations, 47 burglary alarms, 20 thefts and 16 burglaries. There was also 78 adult arrests, seven narcotic arrests and two juvenile arrests throughout the month.
The fire report for the month of November was given by Donaldsonville Fire Chief Chuck Montero. During the month there was a total of 95 calls, consisting of 56 EMS calls, 17 other calls, 10 false alarms, seven grass fires, four hazardous condition and one vehicle fire. There was also a total of 63 hours of man training.
Montero also notified the council that he will be retiring March 1, 2017. He said the Civil Service Board will advertise the position for a new Fire Chief.
Six invoices from GSA for various projects were approved, totaling to $39,461.82.
A change order for an additional 20 days for Acadian Commercial was passed for the Road Fund Project.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan said City Hall will be closed Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 in observance of Christmas.