DONALDSONVILLE — City Councilmen on Tuesday asked their assistant fire chief to inquire about faulty fire hydrants the city leases from Peoples Water Service.
“We know there’s a lot of deficiencies,” City Assistant Fire Chief James McDonald told the council during his report.
“The one on Opelousas and St. Vincent streets has our street caving in there,” said Councilman Emile Spano, who added that he has filed numerous work orders to have the problems fixed.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said he and Fire Chief Chuck Montero met with officials from People’s Water Service and presented them with a list of hydrants that need to be addressed.
McDonald said People’s Water facilities manager Carroll Aucoin has been working with his department to address the problem hydrants.
“We’ve been meeting with them monthly since he (Aucoin) came on board,” McDonald said. “We’ve been getting a lot accomplished. They’re honestly working to make it better.”
In another matter Tuesday, the council voted to ask Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez for funds to build a fence around a new parish public works building.
The building is set to be built along Thibaut Drive, near the site of a planned subdivision.
The city is handling construction of the public works building as part of a land swap agreement with parish government, which donated land to the city to house a new fire station.
Sullivan said an 8-foot high wooden fence is required because of the building’s proximity to a planned residential area.