Donaldsonville Mayor Leroy Sullivan and the City Council recognized Fire Chief Chuck Montero upon his retirement. Pictured front row, from left, are: Councilman Lauthaught Delaney, Montero, Sullivan, and Councilman Brent Landry; back row: Councilman Charles Brown, Councilman Raymond Aucoin, and Councilman Reginald Francis.
Donaldsonville officials congratulated longtime Fire Chief Chuck Montero upon his retirement during the Tuesday, March 14, 2017 meeting.
Montero's career concluded March 1 after 33 years of service. He had been the fire chief of the city since January 2006.
Montero has said he plans to remain active in the community, and continue to teach hazardous material classes. Locals know him well as an avid bass guitarist and photographer.
"It's been an honor," Montero said after receiving commemorative plaques from the Mayor and Council. "It's been mixed emotions. Retirement is what I've looked forward to, but it's tough to walk away from a way of life."
He also personally thanked Mayor Sullivan for supporting him through the years, even when he lacked confidence in himself.
Upon Montero's retirement, Assistant Fire Chief James McDonald began serving as Acting Chief for the Donaldsonville Fire Department.
In another matter before the Council during Tuesday's regular meeting:
ADDRESS ISSUES: McDonald said there are ongoing efforts to identify and correct discrepancies with some municipal addresses.
In past months, fire department officials have attempted to work on the potentially confusing addresses.
Particularly, certain highways within the city limits have different names as the same roadway outside of the boundaries.
For example, addresses outside of the city limits may be addressed Hwy. 308, while inside East Bayou Road. Some of the numbers are not uniform, opening the possibility of confusion during emergency situations.
"It needs to be fixed," McDonald said. "It's critical."
He also pointed to addresses within an annexed portion of the city where several stores, including Wal-Mart, are located along Hwy. 3089. In this case, he said the address should include Marchand Drive, as to remain consistent with other addresses on the roadway within the city limits.
McDonald said the research remains in the early stages, and no changes have been made.