LDRC names 2015 agenda for city

DERON TALLEY @DeRonTalley

Robyn Penn Delaney, president of the Louisiana Development Ready City committee for the city, informed the mayor and council on March 24 of the LDRC’s plans for 2015 year.

With a $15,000 budget, Penn Delaney said there are about seven tasks the committee is looking to complete, with one already complete. The LDRC’s first mission was to clean the flower-beds at the city’s entrance signs and plant fresh flowers to bring in the Spring.

With more cleaning, the LDRC will also partner with the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District on April 25 for the quarterly Stash the Trash event. This cleaning effort will be in the historic district along Railroad Avenue. The LDRC will be sponsoring the Spring Perennial flowers to be planted.

Penn Delaney said in the past the LDRC has planted annual flowers, but now they would like to do perennials so “We don’t’ have to replace them every year.”

There is also a concern for the Bayou Lafourche cleanup. Penn Delaney said the LDRC wants to see what direction the city wants to go with it.

“We have half the bayou clean, and we aren’t asking to do the whole bayou but we are asking the city to work with us to get something resolved from Pizza Hut to the track and from Little Ceasars to Café Lafourche,” Penn Delaney said.

“That’s where everybody comes through town and we want it to look nice,” Penn Delaney said.

She also informed the council and mayor there is a new Cannon for Fort Butler being shipped being shipped. That along with other improvements along the area are on the list to tackle this year.

Penn Delaney also said they want to do some work on the park by the levee, adjacent People’s Water Service.

“The problem we see is with the pete gravel and when you have little children playing there are major concerns for safety, whether falling, or choking,” Penn Delaney said. “We’re going to look at putting another surface down.”

Mayor Leroy Sullivan added to that and said that was one of the things the city was looking at doing with the Crescent Park development but, “we had to start cutting things out because of cost.”

“We need to do it because when the children fall on that gravel it’s like falling on concrete,” Mayor Sullivan said.