City preparing for 'Back To School' summer program

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City leaders are gearing up for the annual Back To School educational refresher program.

Program Coordinator Robyn Penn Delaney reviewed the upcoming program with the Donaldsonville City Council Tuesday night.

It will be held at the Lemann Memorial Center from July 25 through July 29 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The program is open to all west bank students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. It is free to all students. A complimentary T-shirt will be given, and students will receive refreshments.

Delany said Tuesday that more than 200 students have registered for the program.

She expressed gratitude to the local businesses, churches, and government officials who donated to the effort.

Delaney told the Council the program will have certified teachers and paraprofessionals for every class.

The program will accept late registration for any students who may have missed the inital sign-up.

In other matters during Tuesday's meeting:

GRASS MAINTENANCE: Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. told the Council that the summer season has brought an added burden to city workers cutting grass at abandoned properties.

He said the time and effort spent on the properties takes away from other duties the workers typically do.

Once the employees make the rounds maintaining the yards, they find themselves right back at the first yards.

"We're having to do a lot more than ever before with cutting grass on private property," Sullivan said.

The City Council will discuss the issue further during its next Committee of the Whole meeting.

SHERIFF SUPPORT: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Westside Captain Rick Bergeron provided the Council with his agency's monthly update.

In response to a question about the recent protests in Baton Rouge, Bergeron said the department has received a "tremendous amount of support from the public."

"Sheriff (Jeff) Wiley is very proud of that," Bergeron added.

The Mayor said a deputy recently told him that more people have been expressing praise for the work law enforcement does.

"People in the community appreciate what you do," Sullivan said.

LEVEE VEHICLES: In reply to complaints about motorized vehicles on the Mississppi River levee top, Bergeron said such activity is prohibited.

Council members have relayed complaints about dirt bike and ATV riders on the levee.

Bergeron said signs are posted in various places.

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