Donaldsonville officials welcome the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council's 2017-18 commissioners during the August 22, 2017 City Council meeting. Photo by Michael Tortorich.
The Donaldsonville Mayor's Youth Advisory Council presented its 2017-18 commissioners during the August 22, 2017 City Council meeting.
Louisiana State Senator Ed Price conducted the swearing-in ceremony. Ascension Parish's Assessor Mert Smiley and Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, along with Ascension Catholic High School Principal John Beck Sr., were on hand to show support.
Tamiko Francis Garrison, who enters her fourth year as volunteer organizer for the program, introduced the commissioners.
The MYAC returned in 2014 after a dormant period. The group's mission is to represent and advocate for the youth of the city. Through the program, the local high-school students gain leadership and civic skills.
The MYAC is comprised of 16 students from both high schools in the city, Donaldsonville High and Ascension Catholic High. The schools are represented by eight students each.
All of the students must maintain at least a 3.0 grade-point average, and volunteer throughout the city and state during their stint.
The MYAC also makes an annual trip to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. The annual MYAC Red Carpet event, held on the second Saturday in December at Bernardo's, serves as a fundraiser for the trip.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan credited the group for its consistent professionalism.
"People all over the state talk about how well they conduct themselves," Sullivan said.
He added that other cities' officials have inquired about starting similar programs.
MYAC Commissioners for 2017-18 are:
Darell Honora, President
Micah Daggs, 1st Vice President
Kerrionne Brown, 2nd Vice President
Nydia Cooper, Secretary
Madison Zeringue, Treasurer
Aliyah Winfrey, Parliamentarian
Whitney Baker, Sgt. At Arms
Chase Southall, Chaplain
Nina Smith, Audit Director
Alyric Asberry, Social Media Director
Aaron Landry, Historian
John DeManuelle, Mayor
Morgan Lavigne, City Attorney
Courtney Washington, DPW Director
Jalen Winchester, Comptroller
Follow MYAC on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/MYACDVILLE.
In other matters before the Council:
BILL PAYMENTS: The Council unanimously approved of entering into a contract to collect Entergy and Cox bill payments at City Hall.
In previous years, the only location in Donaldsonville to collect the bills was the former LeBlanc's store on Hwy. 1. After Rouse's purchased the store, it no longer collected bill payments.
As no other location in the city accepted Entergy bills, city officials looked into taking in payments at City Hall.
A third-party company, Check Free Pay, will be the vendor for processing payments. Once a Check Free Pay computer is installed, customers will be able to pay their bills at City Hall.
TRACTOR: The Council agreed to purchase a John Deere tractor with a 25-foot sidearm.
The city has been in need of a sidearm-equipped tractor, as workers have been making due with one on loan from parish government.
The cost of the tractor, from Sunshine Quality Solutions, will be $145.713.68.
APPOINTMENT: The Council approved of the appointment of Carl Capone to a full term on the Zoning and Planning Board.
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