DONALDSONVILLE — An attempted temporary moratorium on “can shake” fundraising events — often conducted at intersections of major thoroughfares in the city — was defeated Tuesday, as city councilmen discussed how they could make the practice safer.
Councilman Emile Spano, who brought the item to the council’s regular meeting agenda, suggested the ban be enacted until safety concerns were addressed.
However, the motion failed by a 3-2 vote, with Councilmen Charles Brown Sr., Lauthaught Delaney Sr. and Reginald Francis Sr. casting dissenting votes. Council Chairman Raymond Aucoin and Spano voted for the ban.
Spano contended that with recent road work in the city, especially on La. 3089 at La. 1, traffic lanes have become narrower and more dangerous.
“It’s creating an unsafe condition,” Spano said. “Vehicles are out there dodging them. It’s not a matter of if something will happen, but when.”
Spano also contended that some people who take part in the shakes are under the age of 18, which violates the contract organizations sign with the city to hold shakes.
“If they’re not following the contract, the Sheriff’s Office should shut them down,” Francis said.
Brown said that safety of those participating in the shakes should be a priority, suggesting that the city provide safety vests for participants.
Mayor Leroy Sullivan Sr. said that the city does not do so because of the risk of the vests not being returned.
The council will further discuss the matter at its next meeting of the whole council, scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 3. Other issues considered by the board included:
ROAD PROJECTS: Glen Shaheen, the city’s contracted engineer, fielded questions from the council on the city’s current road construction projects.
One project with which councilmen voiced frustration was the repaving of Railroad Avenue, which is three weeks behind schedule.
According to Shaheen’s report, the work was scheduled to take place between Aug. 5 and Aug. 16.
However, because of equipment failure, the work has yet to take place.
Spano said that the delay has affected businesses along Railroad Avenue, which were informed ahead of time that the street would be under construction.
Shaheen said that a revised schedule is being prepared, with work possibly beginning as soon as mid-September.