Donaldsonville Council decides to upgrade city’s logo and Internet sites

The City Council has decided to get the city’s logo and Internet presence enhanced.

Councilmen voted 4-0 during their meeting Tuesday to allow Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. to sign contracts with two design firms for the logo and website hosting, while contracting with a Donaldsonville resident to maintain information on the city’s website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Robyn Penn Delaney, who heads the city’s Louisiana Development Ready Communities Project committee, said that Prairieville-based design firm V.B. Grafx agreed to create the city’s new logo at a cost of $700.

DezinsInteractive, of Baton Rouge, offered to create and host the city’s new website, at a cost not to exceed $9,500 for site creation and no more than $250 monthly to host the site, Delaney said.

Delaney said city resident Michael Tortorich has agreed to maintain the information on the city’s Internet sites at a monthly cost of $300, under an initial six-month contract.

Delaney said LDRC funds would cover the logo and website creation costs.

The city would pay the monthly website hosting and maintenance fees.

The volunteer LDRC group is tasked with improving the city’s public image, in hopes of attracting new business and fostering residential growth.

Once the logo is created and approved, Delaney said, work will begin on the city website. Facebook and Twitter pages for the city are already in operation.

Other business coming before the council included:

HOTEL/MOTEL DOLLARS: The council agreed to introduce for consideration at its March 10 meeting a proposed ordinance outlining how it will divide its $200,000 share of parish hotel/motel occupancy tax revenues.

Act 13 of the 2010 Louisiana Legislature mandates that a percentage of the hotel/motel tax collected by parishes or communities be used for “economic development, tourism and economic development, construction, capital improvements and maintenance, and other local endeavors.”

The city’s Downtown Development District and Chamber of Commerce, along with the River Road African American Museum and LDRC, would each receive $25,000, according to the proposed breakdown.

In addition, $20,000 would go toward the city’s levee trail program, while $18,000 would go toward purchasing new Christmas decorations for the city and $8,000 toward administration fees.

Nearly $20,000 will go toward the city’s upcoming July 3 fireworks event and to reimburse the city for last year’s program. Of that, $10,000 will fund Ascension Parish sheriff’s deputies working an overtime security detail during the celebration.

Of the remaining $33,706, Sullivan said, $5,000 would be earmarked for the city’s Juneteenth celebration, with the remainder going toward new street lights and signage.