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Donaldsonville Council approves youth outreach event

Michael Tortorich
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Donaldsonville City Council members voted in favor of a youth event planned for each month from February through August.

During the Tuesday, Jan. 28 meeting, the Council unanimously approved of the Building Champions TC 2020 event. Councilman Reginald Francis Sr. was absent.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said Mike and Tina Landry, in affiliation with The Church, are the organizers of the outreach ministry.

The couple plans to offer the experience of horse riding, brushing, and petting to youth in the area, Sullivan said.

According to the Mayor, the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office has approved of the event.

The activities are set for the Waguespack Center, to be held on the second Saturday of each month, from February through August.

"They have a lot of things they want to do for the youth in the area," Sullivan said.

He added that the couple plans to establish more activities for children, including a flag football program.

In other matters:

-- Finance Director Sandra Cost Williams reported on a variety of city financial figures.

Notably, Williams said sales tax collections have been lower than expected. Surprisingly, retail numbers were down during the normally higher holiday shopping season.

"You would think it would be up, but it has been down," Williams said of the November numbers.

-- The Council agreed to divide $96,000 from the hotel/motel tax among three entities.

Council members had discussed the matter previously during their last Committee of the Whole meeting.

They voted to direct $45,000 to the River Road African American Museum, another $45,000 to the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, and the remaining $6,000 to the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.

-- Sullivan updated the Council on repairs to the sewer line along West 11th Street.

The issue resulted from a collapse in the line, he said.

"We definitely need to get it repaired as quickly as possible," Sullivan said.

-- Council members planned a walk-through of the Lemann Memorial Center to access areas in need of renovation.

Sullivan said the restrooms and flooring, among other aspects, need improvement.

Council members plan to compile a list of needs for the community center.