Council on Aging report higlights efforts in the city
St. Mary Council on Aging delivered 21,250 meals to seniors in the city this year.
Executive Director Beverly Domengeaux thanked the mayor and city council of Franklin Tuesday as well as members of the staff.
Fire Chief Chuck Bourgeois, Police Chief Sabria McGuire, Office of Development Director Arlana Shields were all named “Friends of St. Mary Council on Aging” during Tuesday’s council meeting.
Domengeaux thanked each staff member for the considerable support they have provided to the Council on Aging.
She commended Bourgeois for helping the council, especially with smoke alarms and food drives.
McGuire has helped keep senior activities safe and looked after seniors, Domengeaux said.
Domengeaux said until Shields became development director “we were never invited to participate in Mardi Gras balls, parades, Christmas parades and other activities that the city had.” She credited Shields with rectifying that.
The council also provided 1,200 homemaker visits to seniors, 580 units of sitter or respite services, 52 medical alert devices distributed with help through Acadian Ambulance Service, 5,000 units of health, nutrition and other fitness areas and 12,000 units of recreation.
Seniors made trips to Mt. Rushmore, the Angola Prison Rodeo and the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
For Thanksgiving and with community aid 227 food baskets were delivered to homebound seniors. Some 327 baskets were delivered for Christmas and will be again for New Year’s Day.
Bourgeois also noted that the fire department food drive is currently in the works. Canned goods and fruits, and boxed foods can be dropped off at the fire station. The chief said donations are also being accepted for the family that lost their home to fire on Talbot Street last week.
Also Tuesday, Shields announced winners of the Christmas golf cart parade:
First Place: Bethany Kuhlman.
Second Place: Franklin Golden Age Club.
Third Place: St. Mary Council on Aging.
In other business Tuesday:
—An ordinance was introduced allowing private mausoleum construction within parts of the city cemetery.
—Resolutions were adopted authorizing certification of signatures for a housing rehabilitation grant; a grant application from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; donation, and all relevant legal work associated with it, of the former National Guard Armory on Cynthia Street and application for a Louisiana Governmental Assistance Program.
An ordinance renewing liquor licenses in the city was approved.
Mayor Raymond Harris appointed Sam Hanagriff to the Zoning Board of Adjustments.