The Dville City Council met for a regular meeting on April 11 mostly to discuss March reports from Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, the Donaldsonville Fire Department, Public Works and Code Enforcement.
First, amendments were made including a proclamation made for National Fair Housing Month, as well as demolition of a house located on Peytavin and Third Street.
Monthly reports began with the police report, read by Captain Darryl Smith. APSO March numbers were as follows: 63 vehicle accidents, 15 burglaries, 25 thefts, 0 armed robbery, 0 simple robbery, 62 alarms, 8 narcotic calls and 0 loud music violations.
APSO reported 599 total calls for service. There were also 135 traffic citations, with 93 adult arrests and 10 juvenile arrests.
Smith added that the basketball courts at the substation park are complete, with the rims going up in one week. A fence was installed that will keep vehicle traffic separate from kids playing. The substation at 1201 Maginnis will be used for community policing but no criminal activity.
"Captain, you've been doing a good job," Chairman Raymond Aucoin said. "Nobody's got questions."
"I'm trying to keep it that way," Smith replied.
Next, Assistant Fire Chief Travis Cedotal read the March fire report. There was one structure fire at 508 Veterans Boulevard. Also, there was 1 vehicle fire, 3 trash fires, 77 EMS calls, 5 hazardous materials calls, 25 false alarms and 2 calls for other reasons.
Cedotal clarified that the hazardous material numbers are from small spills or gas leaks. Back in early March, the sheltering at Donaldsonville Primary due to a nearby odor from a cane field qualified as one particular call.
Moreover, on April 22 the fire department will be holding an auto extrication class. Half of the day will be spent in the classroom and half cutting-up cars. Three junk cars were donated by Tortorich Wrecker Service. The class is in order to increase proficiency in vehicle rescue. Newer cars are made with different materials and require new techniques.
"We have everything we need." Cetodal said. "They'll cut just about everything."
Hydrants are reportedly spraying rust-colored water. According to Cedotal, the water compnay is supposed to flush them once a year. The sediment will cause their numbers to change for water quality.
The Fire Department is making a deficiency list for fire hydrants. It's said to have been negligible. They are currently identifying where new hydrants are needed.
"I can add deficiencies in the new system," Cedotal said. "Tomorrow we have the parish mapping guy coming in. he's going to add in where we can put work orders in on these hydrants now i'll be able to go in and drop a deficiency on a specific hydrant, and it'll go straight into the parish system. So they'll know the deficiency and what repairs need to be made.
"We're going to look into the heavier populated areas."
Fire hydrants are expensive, so five new ones in one year would make substantial progress.
Deanna Fafont with Entergy read the Public Works report. That conversation had everything to do with electricity bill quick-pay being omitted when Rouses took over LeBlanc's Supermarkets.
"We lost six quickpay centers overnight in the parish," Lafont said. "It's frustrating for us, too."
Mayor Leroy Sullivan added that Walmart takes up to 15 days to process a payment. Currently, residents still have to travel to White Castle Town Hall if they need to make an immediate payment in person.
Lastly, Code Enforcement Officer Murray Walker read his report for March: 32 tagged and served vehicles, 5 blighted houses with letters sent, 1 building permit issued and 9 roofing permits. The majority of the roofing permits were said to be due to tornado damage.
The proposed budget for 2017-18 will be discussed next on the agenda at a committee of the whole meeting on May 1 at 5:30 p.m.