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Donaldsonville Council approves sewer line repair at industrial park

Michael Tortorich

The Donaldsonville City Council voted July 28 to move forward with a sewer line repair at the city’s industrial park.

Chef John Folse’s 32,000-square-foot manufacturing plant, opened in 2005, is an anchor business in the park located at Hwy. 70 and Hwy. 3089. 

The Donaldsonville City Council and Mayor meet via teleconference during the July 28 regular meeting.

The force main, which runs under the concrete along the curb and driveway, belongs to the city, Mayor Leroy Sullivan said.

Council members unanimously agreed to approve the $32,567.90 repair project.

Council Chair Raymond Aucoin clarified that the work is not just for one business, but for the whole industrial park. Gaubert Oil Company operates a bulk plant next to Folse’s facility.

“It does service the entire industriplex,” Aucoin said.

In another matter taken up by the council during the meeting, members voted to approve the “City of We” campaign.

Council member Brent Landry presented it as a way to get the word out about facial coverings for those who may not frequently use online applications.

“Some may be missing the Internet campaigns,” Landry said. “It creates an environment of harmony and unity.”

Council member Charles Brown agreed, and referenced the uptick in coronavirus cases. Just a few hours before the meeting, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the state was ranked the highest in the country in per-capita cases.

“We have to continue to push the message to mask up,” Brown said.

Landry made the motion to introduce the campaign, and Brown provided a second. The council voted 5-0 in favor.

In a separate matter concerning the financial report, Finance Director Sandra Cost Williams provided an update on sales tax revenues.

She said sales tax collections have been up in recent months, which has come as a bit of a surprise due to the coronavirus pandemic and prevention measures.

Williams said retail stores, particularly those with groceries, have seen brisk sales as consumers apparently are choosing to shop closer to home.