COA director pleads for help for local office
A plea was made Wednesday to send the word to the state that the St. Mary Council on Aging cannot survive without its continued support.
“I need your voices,” agency Director Beverly Domengeaux told the parish council Wednesday.
She said the agency works with several others in the local area to provide care for the 6,000 senior citizens in St. Mary. Those other agencies include AARP and Community Action Agency, she said.
“The council on aging for 37 years has been taking care of the seniors that are classified mainly as homebound,” she said. “They have a great desire to stay at home to age and die with dignity.”
The agency delivers a daily hot meal to 429 clients, sends in housekeepers twice a month and provides transportation to medical appointments and retail outlets, she said. The agency also offers daily lunches at each of its three senior centers in Franklin, Patterson and Morgan City.
Domengeaux told the council that half of her $425,000 annual budget has been coming from the Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs. She said, however, that in an effort to balance the state budget, the governor has shifted the responsibility to the Department of Health and Hospitals.
“They do not have any intentions of covering our people,” she said “We need resolutions, we need letters we need phone calls,” she said.
Council Chairman Kevin Voisin said a resolution will be prepared for approval at its next meeting.
In other business the council:
—Agreed to the following appointments to the Advisory Planning and Zoning Building Permit Committee: Councilmen Lionel Metz, David Hanagriff, Glen Hidalgo, Albert Foulcard and Steve Bierhorst as chairman along with former councilman Gary Duhon and Deborah Tabor of the Planning and Zoning Committee. Announcement of meeting dates and times is pending.
—Introduced ordinances to abandon the servitude at the old Franklin Canal boat launch and parking lot on Willow Street and rename Oak Street in Garden City to Sawmill Road for mail delivery purposes.
—Passed resolutions endorsing participation in the state Enterprise Zone program by Bollinger Marine Fabricators LLC, Twin Brothers Marine LLC, Cabot Corp., Bollinger Amelia LLC and C Five B LLC.
—Passed resolutions to disband the Verdunville and Centerville Recreation Advisory Board; request that the Department of transportation and Development install appropriate signage indicating an industrial area with large trucks along La. 182 in Bayou Vista near Cameron Iron Works and Teche Trucking and at the intersection of Carolyn Street; and approve and adopt the 2011 Louisiana Compliance Questionnaires for the parish and its Section 8 program.
—Passed resolutions to authorize contracts with LA Contracting Enterprises LLC on the final phase of the apron rehab project at Harry P. Williams Memorial Airport; for engineering and planning services at the airport; and with ADPG for professional services on a website for the Office of Economic Development.
—Heard from Chief Administrative Officer Henry “Bo” LaGrange that completion of the Thorguson Road project in Berwick is anticipated by the end of the month.