DONALDSONVILLE — The City Council decided to delay voting on two proposed ordinances until their language is updated to reflect current municipal structure.
The ordinances would set rules and guidelines for use of city-owned parks and rental of the Lemann Memorial Center, respectively.
The council unanimously voted during its Tuesday meeting to defer the items to its next Committee of the Whole meeting, set for 5:30 p.m. Monday.
City Attorney Chuck Long suggested the move, after finding wording that referred to defunct city positions.
“You’ve left a lot of stuff in the code that addresses ‘chief of police,’ and we have no city police department,” he said. “Also, we no longer have a ‘city manager’ position.”
During the meeting, public hearings were held on both ordinances, with no comments on either matter.
Long said the city’s code of ordinances was unclear as to whether the council could amend the ordinance prior to adoption. However, he added that if language is changed in either or both proposed ordinances during committee review, the council should re-advertise the ordinances in its official journal and hold new public hearings.
Long also suggested that the council send proposed ordinances involving law enforcement issues to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office, which handles law enforcement for the city, for review before adoption.
“They will be the ones enforcing these laws,” he said. “They may have input on these things.”
Other matters before the council included:
LIQUOR LICENSE: The council voted 4-1 to deny a liquor license request for a new bar planned on Maginnis Street.
Councilman Emile Spano cast the dissenting vote.