DONALDSONVILLE — City government is looking to join Ascension Parish Government in hopes of acquiring the privately owned Peoples Water Service Co.
The Donaldsonville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. to inquire about purchasing the west bank-based water provider.
The move comes on the heels of Ascension Parish Government announcing its intentions to buy the company.
Last week, the Ascension Parish Council authorized Parish President Tommy Martinez to bid up to $5 million for the company, in hopes of bolstering the parish’s current consolidated utilities district on the unincorporated west bank.
Peoples Water services about 3,000 customers, Martinez said last week, and has a 3 million-gallon-per-day water plant along the Mississippi River that purifies water from the river.
The mayor said he would not make an offer or enter into official negotiations without first obtaining the council’s consent to do so.
“The parish set its price,” Sullivan said to the council. “I’m just asking you to give me the opportunity to discuss the possibility with Peoples Water.”
After the meeting, Sullivan said the city has had interest in purchasing Peoples Water for some time.
“Probably since the 1990s, we’ve always had some level of interest,” the mayor said. “The last time we showed serious interest was about six or seven years ago, but we couldn’t come to terms on a price then.”
Donaldsonville currently operates municipal wastewater and natural gas services in the city, with Peoples Water providing potable water services to city residents.
In another matter, resident George Probst asked the council to consider building a dog park in the city.
Probst said he often visits the dog parks in Baton Rouge, citing the enjoyment he sees for both the animals and their owners.
“I think it would be something good for Donaldsonville,” he said.
Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said the council will take the matter under advisement.