Council votes to add more roads to project

KELLY BROOKS, REPORT @kbrooks_1

Mark Maher, Project Manager from GSA Consulting engineers, presented a report on the Capital Improvements Program to the Donaldsonville City Council at last week’s meeting in which it voted unanimously to add road work to its capital improvement project. 

Councilman Emile Spano made a motion for Change Order No. 2 to increase the contract by $228,981.23 to include work on the following roads:  Belle Alliance (Crescent Place Dr. to Belle Terre Dr.),  Burns Dr. (25 ft. at intersection with LA Hwy. 1 N), Loop 945 (Memorial to LA Hwy. 308), Magnolia (West 9th to West 10th), Mills St. (3rd to 4th), entrance to Riverview apartments, Catalpa St. (West 7th to West 4th), Webster (Lee to Thibaut Dr.), Monroe (Church to Thibaut Dr.), Jackson (Webster to Madison), Iberville (Lee to Thibaut Dr.), Iberville and Chetimatches intersection, Oak (25ft at intersection with West 10th), Martin Luther King Dr. (West 3rd to West 2nd), Marcello and St. Phillip intersection, Marcello (25 ft. at intersection with Anthony), Bryan and Seventh intersection, Loretta and Seventh intersection, catch basin improvement at Belle Terre Dr., and Capital One Bank driveway at Railroad Ave.  

The largest project added was the repaving of the La. 945 loop from Memorial Drive to La. 308, Maher said, with a cost of about $200,000. The workload includes milling, patching, overlaying and re-striping the roadway, as well as adding signage.

Maher said funds are available now in the existing city account to cover the added projects.

The council approved the motion and Mayor Leroy Sullivan said the date for substantial completion remains the same, April 22, 2014. The projects are expected to be underway currently.

Also on the agenda:

Missy Jandura, executive director for the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, presented the yearly report for the DDD. 

“We had a really good and successful year with the DDD. We’ve finally found our stride,” she said. 

The DDD completed Stash the Trash Events in coordination with the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Organization, Jandura said.  According to her report the DDD also won a grant from the National Parks and American Trails to extend the levee walk to near Thibaut Dr. 

Louisiana Development Ready City chairperson Robyn Penn Delaney also gave the council an update on the release of the website for the city.  She said the website is set to publish at the end of February.  The LDRC will present the website at the next council meeting, February 25, 2014.

Delaney said the LDRC would like to continue on a positive path in Donaldsonville.  The LDRC asked Mayor Sullivan to work with it to procure equipment from the Lafourche Levee District to remove weeds and clean the banks of the bayou where it intersects with LA Highway 1.

Delaney said landscaping at the entrance to the city on LA Highway 18 will begin in mid-March due to harsh weather.