DONALDSONVILLE – Donaldsonville city government’s Louisiana Development Ready Cities volunteer group has unveiled its new official logo for the city.

“We were tasked with branding the city to make it more attractive to people coming in to start new businesses,” said Robyn Penn Delaney, co-chairwoman of the Development Ready Cities committee, during Tuesday’s regular council meeting. “The first thing we wanted to do is to get a new logo.”

The new logo features the city’s founding year of 1806, as well as a full-color collage of images that represent the city’s history and future. These include the Ascension Parish Courthouse, the Mississippi River, the sugar cane and petrochemical industries, and a shining sun. Surrounding the images is the city’s new slogan: “Respecting Our Past, Building Our Future.”

The graphic is an update of the city’s former logo, a black-and-white image that featured a locomotive, symbolizing Donaldsonville’s relationship with the railroad system passing through it.

Delaney said the new logo will be used in advertising, on merchandise, city letterheads and on the city’s Internet sites, which include a planned new website and current Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

Other matters coming before the council included:

ROAD WORK: Councilmen asked for patience from residents as road improvement projects begin in the city.

These projects include overlays and improvements to city streets as part of the city’s road project plan, Sullivan said.

Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said work began earlier this month on Chetimatches Street, as well as on a sidewalk project along Marchand Drive from Church Street to the Wal-Mart Supercenter.

Councilman Emile Spano said he has already seen frustration from some residents on initial projects.

“It’s irritating, but it’s something that has to be done,” Spano said. “Just bear with us. The results will be great when we’re finished.”

BUDGET TALKS: The council held the first of two public hearings on the city’s proposed 2013-14 fiscal year budget.

No one spoke for or against the proposed budget, which will next go back to the council’s Committee of the Whole for further debate.

The council will hold a second public forum on the budget prior to a scheduled vote on the financial plan in June, Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin said.