“Making Progress” continues to live up to its name! We have been hard at work improving our community’s roads and lighting. We have continued to complete a number of roads in our community including Sewer rehabilitation and inflow and infiltration repairs are upcoming and will be completed throughout the summer. Force Mains/Pump Stations C, A, E and J/K are ongoing and awaiting permitting or design work. Work will begin soon. Asphalt has been placed and shoulders pulled on the following streets: D’ville Village Road, Pine Street, Belllina Drive, Edna Street, and Cataldo Street. Asphalt has been patched and placed on St. Vincent Street, Bryant Street, McKinley Street, Memorial Drive near Plimsol, Catalpa Street, Hood Street, Albert Street, and Sixth Street.
Concrete replacement and road reopening has been completed on Lee and Iberville, Iberville at Railroad Avenue, and St. Patrick Street. Other repairs have been completed on Iberville near Church Street, Catadonna and Maginnis Street as a result of drain pipe replacement, and St. Patrick Street due to natural gas repair. Projects on West Seventh Street and Oak Street are upcoming and are awaiting sewer repair work.
We have also begun working on the street lights as you enter in our beautiful city on Highway 3089 as they are now all functioning. We are now in phase 2 of our program by working on the street lights on Marchand Drive in addition to a number of other areas that we want to focus.
City Hall is has completed its new parking lot behind City Hall to accommodate more parking as well as parking to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Donaldsonville revitalization planning team has completed its report and has begun presenting the results with many stakeholders. I personally have participated in meetings with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, CF Industries, and United Way in order to further develop community programs for our local youth, recreation, the arts, workforce development, and economic development.
Our next focus will be on communicating our results to you, our citizens through a number of means. We are working to improve our website, increase traffic on our social media pages, and a new radio show where we encourage you to dial in and express your concerns and questions directly to me live on Liberty In Christ Ministry’s KKAY1590AM and simulcast on KBRS 106.9 FM. Stay tuned to “Making Progress” for dates and times of the radio program launch. We will also have some live talk-shows during our broadcasts. Again, a list of dates will be published.
We had a successful launch of our Donaldsonville Farmer’s Market in March and the first Donaldsonville Downtown Live at Crescent Park. We unfortunately had to cancel our June event dates due to risk of severe weather and saturated grounds in our parks. Our next event date will be on July 1: the Donaldsonville Arts, Crafts, and Farmer’s Market from 8:30am-11:30am at Louisiana Square on Railroad Avenue and the Miss Donaldsonville Pageant on July 1 at the Lemann Center starting at 5pm. To participate in the Market or the Pageant, come by City Hall or visit the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce for more information. You may also call 225.445.1383 to get more information.
On July 3, we once again will host the “Come 4 th on the 3 rd Festival” with Fireworks on the Mississippi. The festival begins at 2pm with a Singing Competition and will feature the Michael Foster Project at 3pm, Hello McFly at 5pm and Artemis at 7pm. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at 9:15pm; all weather permitting. Singing Competition and Vendor forms are available at City Hall and the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The City Council and I continue to share in your concerns regarding the recent reports of the increase in fees for water service in Donaldsonville. Please know that all issues concerning the City’s water service should be directed to Parish Utilities of Ascension located at the Department of Public Works building, 2171-D Thibaut Drive, Donaldsonville, behind Wal-Mart and one block south of the School Board office. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:30am to 4:30pm, and Friday from 7:30am to 11:30am. The phone number is 225.473.7603 or for after-hours emergencies, call 225.223.1222.
We also completed a successful set of trainings and town hall meetings or residents and business owners in the Donaldsonville Historic District. From the data, we are completing a new strategic plan to make the processes for restoration and construction run more smoothly in the district as well as address the blighted and dangerous structures in our community.
We also celebrated a successful D-D Breaux Day in Donaldsonville as well as another spirit filled Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast in May. Once again, we celebrated our successes and prayed for the future blessings of our city. We also spent a day congratulating and showing our pride to Donaldsonville’s own, D-D Breaux as we recognized her for her achievements in college gymnastics at Louisiana State University. I want to extend a special THANK YOU to all who helped organize and volunteered for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast especially Tracy Marquette and the volunteers from The Church of Donaldsonville along with all the other pastors, business leaders, organizations and volunteers that made the day possible.
We also had a successful and safe graduation season for our young professionals in Donaldsonville who achieved their graduations from our Donaldsonville High School and Ascension Catholic High School. Of course, there were a number of other graduation celebrations from Ascension Parish Head Start where the City provided caps and gowns for the children, Pre-K, primary, and middle schools in our community. Congratulations to all of our graduates and their families. We look forward to all you have to offer. DREAM BIG AND ACHIEVE…BUT DON’T FORGET US. We will be counting on your leadership as we move our community forward.
Stay tuned for future updates as we continue to work toward improving our community. And as always, my door is open to you. Please stop by for a visit or make an appointment to meet with me with my assistant Joyce Madison by calling 225.473.4247, ext. 10. You are also welcome to attend any of our commission meetings, committee meetings, or our city council meetings. Downtown Development District Meetings are the last Monday of every month at City Hall beginning at 6pm, Historic District Commission Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at City Hall beginning at 6pm, City Council Meetings are held at 6:00pm the second and fourth Tuesday of the month with the Committee of the Whole on the Monday in between the City Council Meetings starting at 5:30pm at City Hall. Specific dates are available at City Hall and are all subject to change.
Also please stay up-to- date with our communication by following the City of Donaldsonville Facebook page @donaldsonvilleLA the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District @DonaldsonvilleDDD and / or the Donaldsonville Main Street Program.