NEWS

Sullivan wins big

Allison B. Hudson

This past Saturday, Donaldsonville was filled with campaign signs on every corner, residents wearing shirts of who they were going to vote for, and candidates were getting some last minute crusading in and around Donaldsonville.

After a long day, at around 9 p.m. results were in. Incumbent Mayor, Leroy Sullivan won with a whopping 1,624 votes. Michael McKinney Sr. with 782 votes, and Eric Robinson with 534 votes.

"I'm ready to continue making changes for the City of Donaldsonville," said Mayor Sullivan.

According to statistics, only a small percentage of voters actually got out and voted. Some areas in Donaldsonville showed less than 23 percent voting in some areas.

In District one, current Councilman Anthony "Tony" Huey defeated Lauthaught Delaney Sr., with 271 votes over 208. While race for Councilman in this district was a close race, Huey's experience allowed him to succeed for another term.

In district three, Reginald Francis Sr., had a total of 298 votes reporting, and will also serve another term for his district. The other two candidates were Dianne Singleton following with 97 votes, and Clarence Henry Jr., with only 58 votes.

In district four, Rev. Charles Brown Sr., with 489 votes overcame Miquel J. Miles Sr., with 224 votes.

"I am overjoyed that I will be able to serve the City of Donaldsonville for another term," said Brown. "I will do my best."

Residents of Donaldsonville also had to decide on the Home Rule Charter Amendments. Proposition No. 1, which eliminates civil service system for city employees other than fire department employees, 1,492 residents voted yes to this amendment overruling the 963 residents who voted against it. This amendment requires the creation of a Civil Service Department with adequate annual funding for salaries and administrative expenses. It would consist of a classified civil service director and a civil service board. The Charter also describes the duties and the responsibilities of the director as well as those of the board.

This would be a costly annual expense. It also appears that most cities our size do not have a civil service system for their city employees. The city currently has a personnel policy in effect. Plans are to review the current policy and make what changes may be necessary. This proposition does not apply to the fire department, which is currently under a civil service program.

Proposition No. 2 was to reflect state statutes and current accounting practices. The city's Home Rule Charter requires that the City amend its operating budget when actual revenues fail to meet budgeted revenues or when actual expenditures exceed budgeted expenditures. This is different and is stricter than Louisiana Statutes, which requires that the budget be amended when budgeted revenues within a fund fail to meet projections by five percent or more. The State Statute also requires that the budget be amended when projected expenditures exceed the budgeted amount within a fund by five percent or more.

Most governmental bodies adhere to the Louisiana State Statutes. It is also the recommendation of our auditors that the Home Rule Charter be amended to reflect the Louisiana Statutes. 1,617 residents voted in agreement with this amendment and 803 voted against.

Assitant District Attorney Ricky Babin led all contenders for the office of district attorney of the 23rd Judicial District. Babin and Louis Lambert will head for a runoff in the Nov. 4 election for President.