Donaldsonville burglaries up three fold says council

Greg Fischer Editor-in-chief
Retired Fire Chief Chuck Montero is honored for his service by the D'ville City Council on March 14, 2017

The Donaldsonville Council met on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 for a regular meeting that highlighted crime, health insurance and trees.

No, really. The issue was discussed ad nauseam whether or not the council could move to remove a rotting, overgrown tree behind city hall.

Although it looks like the appeal would come back to the council, thus giving them the final decision, they want to make sure they give the matter enough time. The Historic District Commission says they want to keep the tree. Mayor Sullivan said they think it is his idea.

"They said the Mayor is going to have to find somewhere else to park," Sullivan said. 

Moving on, Captain Darryl Smith of APSO gave his monthly report. He said that there were no incidents during the mardi gras parade the week before and moderate calls afterwards.

City Attorney Chuck Long noted that burglaries including auto and home were up three fold from the previous month. However, Smith said that they had who they believed to be responsible for most of it already in custody.

James MacDonald, acting Fire Chief for the recently retired Chuck Montero, discussed updating an outdated GPS system for the fire department to use when rushing towards a call. That is in the works.

Montero was awarded for his service by the council. Mayor Sullivan explained that he knows Montero for a very long time. "We went to school together," Sullivan said. "Both at the top of the class." 

The city is trying to get specific with a new ordinance that might as well be called the "Montero Ordinance."

It is a program where "full-time city employees who have reached the age of 55 years old and have 25 years of full-time service with the city may retire, and the city will pay 50 percent of the employee cost of health insurance for said employees."

Finally, Sullivan, the council and Code Enforcement Officer Murray Walker recognized "Paint the Town Purple Day" on March 24, 2017 in honor of the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life.

During Walker's report there was some poking fun at him because he received a threat for removing a blighted vehicle from someone's home.

"I motion to get Murray a bullet-proof vest," Councilman Raymond Aucoin said.