Three pass recreation contract

Diante Phillip

The Donaldsonville City Council met in its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 13, at 6 p.m. All members of the council were present.

The City Council finally passed the recreation contract in an agreement with the parish.

Councilmen Reginald Francis, Emile Spano, and Raymond Aucoin moved forward with their "yes" vote to allow the parish to render services of recreation for the city.

Both Councilmen Charles Brown and Tony Huey agreed that the $46,000 held in the budget should be split evenly between West Ascension's basketball and baseball activities.

"We have already cut down $20,000 out of recreation from previous years," said Brown. "The money should be used for the kids."

"I'm speaking on behalf of the people that we are representing," said Huey. "A recreation plan is important to those kids."

The Parish offered this contract in early December, the council has been going back and forth for months to come to an agreement.Â

In other business:

*Dean Werner from the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office presented the council with the sheriff's report. The sheriff's office reported a total of 83  traffic citations for the month of February, 94 adult arrests, and 10 juvenile arrests. The sheriffs office also responded to 493 service calls for April 2010.

*The council voted to send notice to Ascension Parish School Board for the old Lowery Middle school to be cleaned up and better taken care of.

Councilmen Huey pointed out that if they hold citizens responsible to do something with their property, the  School Board Office should be held to the same standards.

*Council approved liquor license application of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church for  a food fest to be held on April 30 - May 2, 2010.

All meetings are held on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at city hall. All residents are encouraged to attend to address issues or concerns around the city.