COA report gives senior services view

Members of the St. Mary Parish Council heard the Council on Aging’s annual report Wednesday from Executive Director Beverly Domengeaux.
In the past fiscal year, the agency delivered 51,290 meals across the parish and provided 5,273 homemaker services, 4,616 transportation runs and 2,358 respite services.
The agency also conducted a safe driving course for seniors now known as “smart driving,” that affords participants discounted insurance rates, Domengeaux said.
Also, the agency took 42 senior citizens to Mount Rushmore.
“They had never seen out west and they were really impressed,” she said.
Other field trips were to the prison rodeo at Angola, the World War II Museum in New Orleans and most recently to Cajun Village to see the Christmas lights.
The agency also has delivered 325 Christmas food baskets and will do so again for New Year’s.
“It’s been a good year,” she said. “Thanks to your generosity and the generosity of some of the citizens and organizations, we’re going strong.”
In other business the council:
—Introduced an ordinance that would require the council as well as all of the public bodies under its jurisdiction to advertise for and award contracts to the lowest bidder for accounting services.
—Adopted an ordinance amending the current fiscal year budget.
—Passed resolutions on an engineering services agreement on the Morgan City levee improvement project; a certificate of substantial completion by Acadiane’ Renovations, Ltd. on the replacement of boilers and associated work at the courthouse; an engineering services agreement on the pump stations elevation project; and an amendment on the agreement with Quality Engineering & Surveying, LLC on the drainage project between Boudreaux Street and Gilmore Drive in Berwick.

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