“The community has really come out in support of the senior citizens,” Beverly Domengeaux told the council.
Just last month she had told the council that with the loss of state and federal funding for the delivered meals program, some homebound seniors in outlying areas of the parish were on a waiting list to receive the lunches five days a week.
But with the fundraising efforts of the community, she said, most of those meals can now be delivered.
Domengeaux said St. Mary Parish school children raised more than $5,000 for the agency with a “wear jeans day” activity; 142 Thanksgiving baskets were delivered from donated foods collected during a soccer tournament at Kemper Williams Park; the Brown Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant; the Assumption Church Catholic Daughters and various school groups made up 235 food baskets; and Hudson Dry Docks provided baskets for the Morgan City area.
“The biggest thing was … the Young Foundation in Morgan City presented me with a very, very nice check this week, and they are taking on the Morgan City budget,” she told the council. She added this morning that the $79,000 MC area budget also relies on an allocation from the Morgan City City Council.
With the $40,000 the agency receives from the parish council and other municipal allocations, “We’ll be able to cover the whole parish and not have to do a lot of cuts,” she said. “We do thank y’all for your support and we do thank the community for what they’ve done for the seniors this year.”
In other business Wednesday the council:
—Adopted ordinances on the 2013 fiscal year budget and five-year capital outlay plan. The budget includes 5 percent across the board pay raises for parish employees. It projects $36.9 million in revenue and $38.4 million in expenditures and will now include some $53,500 in allocations recommended last month by the budget/finance committee of the whole council. Also approved was an increased salary for council clerk Lisa Morgan of $23.63 per hour.
—Introduced ordinances on servitude agreements with C&A Properties Inc., and Quintana Marina Camp and Canal Owners Association Inc.; and a declaration of certain surplus property for sale purposes.
—Passed resolutions on a contract renewal revision with Fourrier Consulting Engineering LLC on solid waste services; a change order and notice of substantial completion on the Duhon Boulevard restriping project; a change order on the Cajun Way Road project; an agreement with Archon Information Systems LLC; and preliminary approval to apply to the state Bond Commission to refinance up to $5.15 million in solid waste sales tax bonds.
—Referred to the finance committee a request from the Baldwin Volunteer Fire department for $220,000 in financial assistance to complete construction of its new station at the former Baldwin Elementary School. The project is 60 percent complete and still in need of $220,000 to lay concrete driveways and convert classrooms.
—Reappointed Larry Hotard III to the zoning Board of Adjustments.