DONALDSONVLLE — The City Council began 2016 on Tuesday by introducing an ordinance to move funding for the extension of pavement along the Mississippi River levee top.
If passed, the order would allow $109,000 to pave the levee top from its current end behind the People’s Water Company building on Veterans Memorial Boulevard out to Lee Avenue.
Last month, the council chose to use revenues from its Industrial Development Board’s capital fund to fund the work.
The money is typically returned to the city at the end of each calendar year.
The project originally had been planned to pave the levee top out to near Thibaut Drive, but funding issues caused the project to be shortened.
The dollars will cover only paving the stretch, council members have said. Additional items such as benches, lighting and trash cans may come from private donations or if funding is available in the future.
A public hearing will be held on the matter at the council’s Jan. 26 meeting, with a final vote tentatively scheduled Feb. 23.
In other matters, the council canceled two scheduled upcoming meetings because of holidays: the Committee of the Whole meeting originally scheduled Jan. 18, because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day; and the Feb. 9 meeting, because of Mardi Gras.
City offices will be closed both days, in observance of the respective holidays.
The council also conducted its yearly tradition of electing leaders, keeping Raymond Aucoin as council chairman and Lauthaught Delaney Sr. as co-chairman.