Golf cart gives street cleaner an assist _lowres

Advocate photo by Howard Arceneaux -- St. Francisville Mayor Billy D'Aquilla, left, and Eric Schneider stand next to Schneider's new ride, a golf cart he uses to help with his daily litter control responsibilities for the town of St. Francisville.

For 15 years, Eric Schneider has been a one-man cleaning crew, walking and picking up any trash and debris that litters St. Francisville’s streets.

Now, Schneider will have some help.

Mayor Billy D’Aquilla recently purchased a golf cart to help Schneider perform his daily job.

Previously, Schneider walked every street in St. Francisville and picked up the litter. The golf cart allows Schneider to make the journey a little easier.

“He provides a great service for our community and he does an outstanding job,” said D’Aquilla, who said the town receives some grant money from the state for litter control that helps cover Schneider’s pay. “He’s a real asset in keeping our streets clean.”

D’Aquilla bought a used golf cart for $3,900 that features the town’s logo on the front and a flashing yellow light on top.

Schneider, 62, a New Orleans native, has a disability with his left foot and said the golf cart gives him some relief. He is Dr. Larry Schneider’s brother and a former grand marshal of the St. Francisville Christmas parade, for which he still serves annually as a judge.

“It helps me do my job faster, and I don’t have to walk as much,” Schneider said. “I have five-and-a-half more years until I retire. In the meantime, I’m going to keep driving him (D’Aquilla) nuts.”