The Donaldsonville City Council moved forward Tuesday night with plans for a new logo and web site.
The council approved of spending for the site’s hosting and updating costs.
Robin Penn Delaney, of the city’s Louisiana Development Ready City volunteer committee, recommended to the council the three contractors to perform the work. The duties to be completed include design and hosting for the site, production of the new logo, and updates to the site and social networking components (Facebook and Twitter, which may be found at the links below).
Allison B. Hudson, a member of the LDRC committee, said the new web site domain name will end in .gov, designated only for a government entity. She said a .gov offers protections to such entities over ownership of domain names and content.
Dezins Interactive, a Baton Rouge-based company, will handle the design and hosting of the site. The committee chose Dezins over two other companies it considered.
Delaney said the hosting costs will range from $95-$250 per month.
VBGrafx, a Prairieville company run by Victor Bourque Jr., will produce the logo.
In the interest of full disclosure, this citizen journalist will contribute to the new site by providing updates to the city’s site, as well as to its social networks. The council approved of this writer to assist the city in promoting its news and various community announcements.
In other council news, the city will appropriate $200,000 of hotel/motel funds. The money will be divided and directed into a variety of directions. The funds have been earmarked for: the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District, the River Road African American Museum, the Donaldsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the LDRC, the annual July 3rd fireworks celebration, Christmas decorations, street signs and lights, the Juneteenth celebration, and the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office for deputies’ overtime pay.
City attorney Chuck Long will draft an ordinance to introduce at the next meeting, which is set for March 10. Following a public hearing, the council will vote on the ordinance at the following meeting.
In the Sheriff report, westbank Captain Dean Werner said this year’s Mardi Gras parade saw a relatively smaller crowd. Weather may have been in a factor in thinning the spectators and participants this year, the captain said. He added that complaints were down.
“In my opinion, it went well,” Werner said.
The council also received a report from Spencer Harvey of the Public Works department. He said workers have been filling potholes on Loop 945, which curves though an area largely comprised of sugarcane fields. The road also lacks a shoulder. Rev. Charles Brown expressed concern over the speed limit along the particular highway.
Harvey added that workers are gearing up for the grass-cutting season. He said the equipment has been serviced, and plans are to begin cutting next week.
The council concluded the meeting by adopting the following resolutions, approving liquor license applications: 2013-20, Malcolm and Janet Gauthier (dba Club MG) at the corner of Orange and West 5th St.; 2013-21, Delatte and Dill, LLC (dba Cypress Cafe) at 206 Railroad Ave.; 2013-22, Tate’s, LLC (dba Cafe Deville) at 220 Railroad Ave.; and 2013-23, Cuong Tran (dba Qudd T. Inc.) at 515 Marchand Dr. Suite A.
Michael Tortorich is a writer and photographer for The Creole Online Newspaper. He can be reached through www.michaeltortorich.com.