Ascension Parish Councilmen Oliver Joseph and Bill Dawson spoke at the Donaldsonville City Council meeting on Jan. 24 to discuss the proposed plan to move Prevost Hospital's half-cent sales tax for westbank recreation funds.

Joseph said the Parish does not have the funds to upgrade recreation and proposed reallocating the hospitals half cent sales tax that residents have been paying for over 30 years to go towards the recreation budget.

He suggested for residents to vote on if they want all the sales tax to go towards the hospital or for some of the funds to go towards recreation on the westbank.

"The money will only be spent on the westbank, it's the same district as the hospital and it's for improvements and facilities to build," Joseph said. "We all know we need a new community center for recreation or basketball. Our baseball stadium is collapsing and it's old. These funds here will generate for those types of recreation facilities."

Dawson said the hospital currently has $16 million in surplus money available in their reserves if the tax was reallocated towards recreation.

A special meeting will be held to hear from Prevost Hospital regarding the half cent sales tax.

In other news, Mayor Leroy Sullivan proclaimed National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in the City of Donaldsonville. The proclamation was given to Suzanne Hamilton, Director of Ascension Counseling Center.

Six invoices were approved in the total amount of $20,843.74 GSA Contractors for various projects in the city and an invoice from Southern Earth Sciences in the amount of $371.

A change order for an additional 89 days was granted to Acadian Commercial Contractors for the River Front Development Project. The additional days needed was due to excess rain and high river stages.

The road overlay project was awarded to R.J. Daigle & Sons Contractors for their low bid in the amount of $664,195.95.

A certificate of substantial completion for the Donaldsonville Levy Walk was accepted by the council.

Resolutions approving the liquor licenses for J's Liquor Inc., Midway Grocery, S & L Quick Stop, Club MG, Three Sisters Bar & Lounge, The Grapevine Cafe and Eric's Lounge/ Cafe Lafourche were approved.

The council called on a vote to approve payment on the design of the Donaldsonville Fire Station totaling to $16,552.05.

Brichardson@weeklycitizen.com