Donaldsonville — The Ascension Parish Council agreed Thursday night to take up a proposed ordinance spelling out terms for purchase of the 14-acre South Louisiana State Fairgrounds site in Donaldsonville.
The council plans to hold a public hearing and consider finalizing the purchase at its Oct. 20 meeting in Gonzales. The ordinance sets the sale price at $988,000.
The land is owned by the South Louisiana State Fair, a nonprofit corporation.
Jay Lemann, a member of the corporation, said the group has been leasing the land to the city of Donaldsonville or the parish for the past 40 years. City and parish recreational sports teams have been using the fields.
For the past few years, the property has been the site of the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Sunshine Festival, which was held last weekend. The parish has been working for two years on the purchase, Lemann said.
Under the terms of the sale, the parish agrees to name the bleachers located at what is now known as the LaLa Regira Field as the “Jay Lemann Bleachers,” the ordinance states.
The parish must also agree to continue to keep the names of the fields, which are named in honor of Arthur A. Lemann Jr., Joseph Mistretta, Adolph Netter and LaLa Regira and maintain the name of the park entrance road as Frank Sotile Jr. Drive.
In addition the parish agrees to preserve and maintain the existing oak trees lining Church and Clay streets, and those leading to the park.
In a related matter, the council approved a resolution accepting a $33,142 grant to be used to make improvements on the land.
The grant comes from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness’s Emergency Management Performance grant program, said Martha Collins of the parish’s Grant Department.
Collins said the parish expects to receive an additional $33,000 grant from the fund.
The council also agreed to hire Lucien T. Vivien Jr. and Associates to develop plans and specifications to repair or replace lighting at five ball fields located at the fairgrounds.
The council also agreed to hire Hartman Engineering Inc. to design a new park pavilion on the site. The pavilion would replace a structure that was located next to the Lemann Memorial Center.
Other action taken during the meeting included:
HALLOWEEN HOURS: The council set Halloween trick-or-treat hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31.