SORRENTO — Two Town Council members have been appointed to search for new children’s recreation sites.
Councilmen Marvin Martin and John Wright agreed on Tuesday to Councilman Randy Anny’s request to find property that could be used for recreational purposes.
Anny said he is hoping the town can find property to lease or purchase for playing fields so the town can start a recreation program.
Mayor Wilson Longanecker Jr. said, however, the town already has 14 acres dedicated for recreation.
Longanecker said the Ascension Parish Council has applied for a $500,000 grant to build a new community center on the city’s property.
Reynolds Lambert Park, the site of the Ascension Civic Center on Airline Highway in Sorrento, has been inaccessible to the public since the Ascension Parish School Board began using the center as a warehouse.
The School Board owns the land and allows sporting teams and organizations to use the property after signing an agreement, School Board spokesman Johnnie Balfantz said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
During the Town Council meeting, Anny said children and their families have to leave Sorrento to play sports.
Other business taken up by the council included:
OATH OF OFFICE: Former District Judge A.J. Kling administered the oath of office to newly elected Councilman Wright.
Wright was elected without opposition in a special election set for Oct. 22 to fill the council seat left vacant when Longanecker was elected mayor May 21.
Wright said his new term is for four years.
STREET LIGHTS: David Herring, an Entergy Gulf States Louisiana customer services manager, told the Town Council that street lights in Orange Grove subdivision would be operational by Friday.
Herring said there had been a contract issue with the subdivision developer but that has been resolved and all paperwork has been filled out by the necessary entities.
“They’re expecting to have them on by Friday,” Herring said, “pending any bad weather.”
If any lights in the subdivision go out, Herring said, residents are asked to call Entergy and not the town government.
HALLOWEEN HOURS: The Town Council unanimously agreed to set Halloween trick-or-treating hours from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31.