Council authorizes surveyor for city property

Allison B. Hudson

The Donaldsonville City Council met in its regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, May 11 at City Hall. All members of the council were present with the exception of Tony Huey.

Mayor assistant Donna Gaignard asked the council to approve authorization for a surveyor to survey city property for the affordable housing grant. Gaignard reported that the surveyor has documented that the cost could range from $2,000 to $4,000 depending on work and research necessary.

Councilman Emile Spano argued that he felt the amount was too costly and felt that the Parish should pay this amount for the surveyor since they are applying for the grant on behalf of the city.

“If we don’t do anything, we will not get anything back,” said Councilman Rev. Charles Brown. “The amount seems small considering we are hoping for a four million dollar grant for affordable housing.”

After discussion, three voted to approve this request not to exceed $4,000, and Spano opposed.

“I am just taking into consideration that the city is not in the position to spend extra money, so I am just looking at it from a different angle,” said Spano.

In other business:

Bobby Webre of the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office gave the monthly report for the month of March 2010. He reported that his office handled a total of 574 calls that month. Of that number, 138 were adult arrests, 15 juvenile arrests, and 91 traffic citations. He also reported that from March of 2009 to March 2010 there was a 19 percent decrease in total service calls. Webre reported that only 12 loud music citations were issued as opposed to a whopping 55 last March.

Fire Chief Chuck Montero reported his office handled 51 calls, 37 being medical calls. He also reported his office completed a total of 238 man-hours in training.

Rick Webre, of the Ascension Parish Emergency Preparedness Office is set to attend the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, May 17 to inform city employees and the council on a plan in case of an emergency.

A public hearing was held for a franchise ordinance. No one spoke on behalf of the public, so the council voted to pass the ordinance that will allow a two percent increase of the gross receipts of Entergy Louisiana LLC.

Gaignard also informed the council that the Mayor’s office is working with the School board to get trash picked up and yard maintenance for Lowery Middle School, which is abandoned at this time. Gaignard said that plans of boarding the windows with metal are set to be complete by the end of the week.

Council meetings are held every second and forth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend to address issues surrounding the city.