Making Progress from Mayor Leroy J Sullivan, Sr.

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

Donaldsonville, La.-In this edition of “Making Progress,” I am happy to announce ongoing developments in our roads project. Work has either been completed or in progress for the following streets: D’ville Village Road, Pine Street, Bellina Drive, Edna Street, Cataldo Street, St. Vincent Street, Bryant Street, McKinley Street, Sixth Street, Lee and Iberville Streets, Iberville and Rail Road Avenue, and St Patrick. Work is still planned for West Seventh Street and Hood Street.

City Hall is undergoing some improvements including a new parking lot behind City Hall to accommodate more parking as well as parking to come into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The lighting project is still ongoing and plans are underway to correct electrical issues in numerous places in the City.

The Donaldsonville master planning team has been hard at work improving the areas you identified during the feedback sessions in the community town hall meetings last year. Already well underway are the education, tourism, and recreation segments. This week the City Council in partnership with School Board Representative Robyn Delaney, invited members of the Ascension Parish School Board Administration and leadership to attend the Committee of the Whole Meeting on Monday in order to investigate the ongoing progress of improving the school system in Donaldsonville. The School Board has brought in a consulting team to continue investigating best practices and methods to improve where necessary. Soon, the Pastoral Committee will meet to discuss a number of community concerns and discuss methods for communication and setting and accomplishing goals from the community development point of view. There will be much more to come from other areas of development including healthcare, social and mental health, child care and development, economic development, job creation, and recreation.

To add to our unified community approach, we also hosted a leadership meeting consisting of all elected officials, commissioners representing the City of Donaldsonville, and other community leaders to begin a quarterly group think tank to further the efforts of growth and development in our community.

The City Council also has plans to renovate the exterior and interior components of the center.

We had a successful opening ceremony and dedication of Crescent Park and launch our first edition of Donaldsonville Downtown Live music at the park. The schedule has also been released for future free music events on May 6, June 3, August 5, and September 2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the park. The Donaldsonville Arts, Crafts, and Farmer’s Market dates have also been released on May 6, June 3, July 1, August, 5, and September 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Louisiana Square. The market is free to vendors and shoppers. More information is available at City Hall.

Plans are also underway for the July 3 Independence Day Festival with Fireworks on the Mississippi River. The event will start at 3pm with a local singing competition and will continue with live music and conclude with a laser light show and fireworks. In addition, the Miss Donaldsonville Pageant is returning to the community as part of this celebration. More information can be received on the city’s website and on the Facebook pages for the Downtown Development District and Donaldsonville Main Street Program. 

The City Council and I are also very well aware of the announcement of the closure of Capital One Bank. To attempt to change this decision, we passed a resolution discussing the hardship that may be caused for our citizens as well as job loss in hopes the Capital One Regional Leadership would reconsider. Please keep the staff that may be impacted in your thoughts and prayers as well as the families that might be affected by having their longtime banking relationships changed. Please assist them in their transition.

We also want to remind all citizens who have questions or issues with water to contact Parish Utilities of Ascension located at the Department of Public Works building, 2171-D Thibaut Drive, Donaldsonville, behind Wal-Mart and one block south of the School Board office. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The phone number is 225-473-7603 or for after-hours emergencies, call 225-223-1222.

Finally, if you are a resident or business owner in the Donaldsonville Historic District, a new strategic plan is being created in order to make the processes for restoration and construction run more smoothly in the district. A series of town hall meetings will be held at City Hall on April 17, April 19, and May 2 at 6:00 p.m. and on May 13 starting at 9 a.m. The meetings will provide an opportunity for residents and building owners to learn more about the commission and give their input on future developments of the historic district. More information will be provided to those who reside or own property in the district.

Stay tuned for future updates as we continue to work toward improving our community. And as always, my door is open to you. Please stop by for a visit or make an appointment to meet with me with my assistant Joyce Madison by calling 225-473-4247, ext. 10. You are also welcome to attend any of our commission meetings, committee meetings, or our city council meetings. Downtown Development District Meetings are the last Monday of every month at City Hall beginning at 6pm, Historic District Commission Meetings are the last Wednesday of every month at City Hall beginning at 6pm, City Council Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month with the Committee of the Whole on the Monday in between the City Council Meetings starting at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Specific dates are available at City Hall and are all subject to change.