Crescent Park renovations discussed

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles

    City councilmen on Tuesday discussed residents concerns regarding renovations to Crescent Park.

     A few residents questioned the removal of oak trees in the park. Mayor Sullivan said the only trees removed were water oaks, which has a very short life span.

     Renovations to the park include a new fence surrounding the front, adding the city’s logo, redesigning the pavilion, and adding benches and lighting. There was also talk about a potential amphitheater, boat dock and a bridge that would connect the city to the riverfront.

     Ground broke on the park in August 2014. Sullivan added that the work on Crescent Park is expected to last 190, with the goal being completion before the town’s annual firework show on July 3.

     A public hearing was held for an ordinance allocating $109,000 from the Industrial Development Board Capital Fund to the Levee Top Project, a project extending the pavement along the Mississippi River levee. The council will vote on the ordinance at the Feb. 23 meeting.

     A discussion was held concerning traffic contraflow during natural disasters such as hurricanes, specifically on Marchand Drive. Sullivan said that a transportation meeting will be held later this month at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge, and he hopes councilmen will be able to attend to voice their concerns about contraflow and traffic conditions during hurricanes. He added that he hopes to discuss the possibility of making Marchand Drive a four laned road instead of three lanes in order to alleviate traffic in the event of a hurricane.

     Sullivan gave the GSA report, in which he notified the council that the small drainage problem at Crescent Place was fixed. He also noted that all the paperwork from grant consultant Thomas Keen for the Community Block Development Grant was turned in. 

     The liquor license approval for Marcello’s Shell Food Mart on 308 Marchand Drive was tabled until the next meeting.

    There will not be a meeting on Feb. 9 due to the Mardi Gras holiday. The next meeting will be held on Feb. 23.