DONALDSONVILLE — The City Council on Tuesday approved a supplemental ordinance for up to $2.5 million in revenue bonds to help fund local sewer improvement projects.
Bonding attorney Jerry Osborne, of Foley and Judell, which handles the city’s bond issues, told the council the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality would loan the city the funds, which would be repaid through the city’s sewer department over 22 years.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said projects funded by the bond include improving sewer services along Marchand Drive, in hopes of attracting more business to the area.
Another proposed project would help to alleviate backup issues at the pumping station at the intersection of Williams and St. Vincent streets.
In other matters, Sullivan told the council that a request for bids will be issued this month to fund the second phase of a project to pave the Mississippi River levee top through much of the city.
The city will use asphalt to pave the levee from near the People’s Water Company building on Veterans Memorial Boulevard to near the intersection of Mississippi Street and Thibaut Drive, the mayor said.
“We don’t have the funds to put benches, trash receptacles or lights on this phase,” Sullivan said. “We’re looking for local businesses or organizations to possibly donate to fund these for this stretch.”
The previous phase saw the city pave the levee with stamped concrete from the Bayou Lafourche pumping station to near the People’s Water Company building. That phase also included light posts and benches.
Glenda Shaheen, of GSA Consulting Engineers, said two benches will be included in the phase, but each will be funded through donations from area citizens, businesses or organizations.
The benches cost around $900 to purchase and install, Shaheen said, and a trash receptacle would cost nearly the same amount.
The Ascension Parish Tourist Commission has agreed to fund one of the benches and a trash receptacle, Shaheen said.