Weather delays Berwick playground equipment

By JEAN L. KAESS jkaess@daily-review.com

New playground equipment for placement at the Berwick Civic Center was expected to ship Tuesday, but weather in other parts of the country hampered shipment, Berwick Town Councilman Troy Lombardo said.
The equipment replaces aged climbing toys at the civic center which have been removed by town crews, according to Lombardo, who is in charge of the town’s recreation committee.
The same company shipping the products will be installing them in Berwick, he said.
Also at Tuesday’s Berwick Town Council meeting, members received an annual report from St. Mary Council on Aging Executive Director Beverly Domengeaux. She said she is required to report back to every entity that gave money to the Council on Aging as to how their money was spent.
The council served 5,250 meals on wheels, made 1,248 homemaker visits and deployed five emergency alert buttons. She said the group is working out ways to find sponsors so that more emergency alert buttons, which cost $22 per month, can be deployed. About half of the elderly residents of St. Mary Parish that the council serves could benefit from one, she said.
Additionally, she noted that the Council on Aging will hold a Christmas open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Franklin as well as celebrating Older Workers Week Jan. 12 to 18. The group is soliciting nominations of workers over age 60 to receive the Legacy of Achievement Award at a Jan. 17 luncheon at Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton. For more information, call 337-828-4100, extension 321.
Also at the Town Council meeting, the board:
—Passed a resolution to apply for $35,000 in Local Government Assistance Program funds to assist with purchase of 150 upgraded water meters to connect customers to an existing water line in an older section of the town.
—Expanded the agenda to approve a resolution entering into a rights of way agreement with St. Mary Golf and Country Club concerning perpetual drainage rights of way, easements and servitudes.
—Introduced an ordinance leasing the land and building housing Crappell’s Fish Market to Reed Crappell for $600 per month for five years.
—Reappointed Jacki Ackel to the Berwick Housing Authority board of commissioners.
—Approved numerous liquor licenses for businesses within the town limits, an action that must be completed annually.
—Recognized Gloria Nini with the Beacon Shines On award and all three Berwick schools for receiving A rankings on recent School Performance Scores.

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