Sorrento considers community center

Mary-Glenn Smith

Sorrento’s Town Council met Thursday night for its first official meeting since swearing with Brenda Melancon serving as interim mayor after former mayor Blake LeBlanc’s abrupt resignation.

Melancon wanted to “get caught up on” several items on the agenda and see where projects stood; one being the projected community center.

She asked the council if it wanted to go forward with the center, and if so they would need to adopt a resolution dedicating $130,000 to the project before presenting the plans to the parish for approval.

Melancon said the money for the community center would come out of the recreation fund, not the town’s general fund.

Town Engineer, Jake Lambert, with Glenn Shaheen & Associates, Inc. said when the project was brought up earlier in October, he had sent some ideas and sketches to LeBlanc, but never made any official plans for the community center.

Lambert said he would be working on getting some ideas together for a center that suited the town’s needs while staying within its budget.

Councilman Wilson Longanecker, Jr. suggested the council look into visiting other municipality community centers for ideas.

“We could go look and decide what we are yay and nay for and afterwards propose it to the people of Sorrento ‘cause ultimately it’s their money,” Longanecker said.

Melancon also wanted an update on the sewer issue that has been one of the main topics of discussion at the past several meetings.

Longanecker said he had been working Parish President Tommy Martinez with regard to the sewer lines being pumped out. Melancon appointed Longanecker to be the contact person for the sewer project when working with the parish.

In unrelated business, the council discussed issues with street lights near the interstate that were put up in 1995 by the DOT and left for the town to maintain. Many of the lights are out and several of the poles have fallen and need to be replaced. The Council agreed to move forward with trying to repair the lighting system.