Donaldsonville resident Carl Capone, who works part-time for the city, receives a plaque from the Mayor and City Council Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Capone was a key contributor to the renovation of Crescent Park. Shown, from left, are: Councilman Lauthaught Delaney, Councilman Rev. Charles Brown, Angela Capone, Coucilman Raymond Aucoin, Carl Capone, Councilman Reginald Francis, Mayor Leroy Sullivan, and Councilman Brent Landry. Photo by Michael Tortorich.
The Donaldsonville City Council and Mayor honored Carl Capone for his role in the renovation of Crescent Park during their meeting Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Capone, who works part-time on city projects, received a certificate of appreciation from city officials, recognizing his work on the park.
Crescent Park was officially dedicated Saturday, April 1, 2017.
It was dedicated to the late Emile J. Spano, who served as a Councilman for several years.
Former State Senator Troy Brown assisted the city in receiving $870,000 in state funding.
In other matters addressed Tuesday:
ENTERGY: Deanna LaFont, a representative of Entergy, appeared before the Council in reference to the closure of a bill collection point in the city.
Rouses Market on Hwy. 1 in Donaldsonville, which was previously LeBlanc's Store, no longer has a contract with a third-party vendor to collect Entergy customer payments.
City officials have said many constituents have voiced concerns for those unable to pay bills anywhere in the Donaldsonville area.
LaFont said the end of the Rouses contract meant no place in Ascension Parish took payments. The nearest location became White Castle Town Hall, which is about 10 miles away.
The termination of the contract marked the loss of six payment center "over night" in the parish, she said.
LaFont and city officials said Donaldsonville City Hall could possibly become a payment center if no other private business takes on the service. They said a few stores in the city have expressed interest in becoming a payment center.
FIRE DEPARTMENT: Travis Cedotal, Assistant Fire Chief, gave the monthly Donaldsonville Fire Department report.
Cedotal said firefighters will conduct an automobile extrication drill on April 22 in a field near Vickers Street. Local towing service Tortorich Wrecker has donated three junk vehicles for the firefighters to conduct the drill.
SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Westbank Capt. Darryl Smith provided the monthly report for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.
He said the Sheriff's substation, located at the former West Ascension School site, is nearing completion.
Basketball courts have been installed.
Next, a restroom, playground equipment, and bleachers will be placed at the site.
CODE ENFORCEMENT: Murray Walker, Code Enforcement Officer, gave a report on progress being made with junk vehicles in violation of city ordinance.
He said 32 vehicles have been tagged for removal around the city. Seven each have been marked along Houmas and West 9th streets.
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