Entergy donates to Donaldsonville youth council


Entergy representative Deanna Lafont presented a $1,000 donation Tuesday to the Donaldsonville Mayor's Youth Advisory Council for the second annual Red Carpet and Scholarship Affair. Shown bottom row, from left, are Councilman Lauthaught Delaney, Lafont, Mayor Leroy Sullivan; top row: Councilman Charles Brown, City Attorney Chuck Long, Councilman Reginald Francis, and Councilman Brent Landry. Photo by Michael Tortorich.

A $1,000 donation will go toward supporting the second annual Mayor's Youth Advisory Council Red Carpet and Scholarship Affair set for December 10, 2016 at Palazzo Bernardo.

Entergy representative Deanna Lafont attended Tuesday's regular meeting of the Donaldsonville City Council to present a check for the event.

Tickets will be available beginning October 23, 2016. For sponsorship information, call (225) 803-4042.

For more information on the MYAC, see the organization's website: http://www.myacdville.com.

Lafont added that Entergy plans a 980mw power station in St. Charles Parish to meet demand due to industrial growth in southeast Louisiana.

Construction started earlier this month and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019. The $869 million natural gas station is expected to provide 28 full-time jobs at completion.

In other matters before the Council Tuesday:

MELANCON CONTRACT APPROVED: The Council unanimously agreed to create the position Director of Community and Economic Development and accept the contract proposed by Lee Melancon of the MPower Group.

Melancon has worked with the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, and has organized several recent events. Within the past week, he helped spearhead the fall "Ramble" event, which brough in some 50 guests to the city.

Melancon said the position would allow him to expand beyond the city's historic district, and assist citywide organizations and boards.

SUNSHINE PAGEANT: The Council approved a cooperative endeavor with the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, which plans to use the Lemann Center for its upcoming Miss Sunshine Pageant.

ELECTRONIC SIGN: The Council also authorized the mayor to sign an agreement allowing Ascension Parish government to use a 20-foot by 20-foot piece of property at the entry of the city limits for an electronic sign.

Both parish and city government will have access to the sign, which will display public information, such as recreation announcements.

DHS HOMECOMING: Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office Captain Darryl Smith said Donaldsonville High School homecoming festivities were an overall success.

Smith said the Sheriff's Office responded to only "minor" issues during the festivities.

He added the Sheriff's Office addressed past complaints before the event took place.

WASTE DISPOSAL: Frank Davis, a representaive of waste disposal company Progressive, attended the meeting to address recent concerns about pickups in the city.

Davis said the company endured some problems due to the recent flooding. Lots of employees were displaced, and equipment was affected.

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