Plant and Pray Garden Club of Crowley discuss main street project

The Plant and Pray Garden Club held its first meeting of the year at the home of Belinda Green.

The club welcomed guest speaker, Bill Fontenot, Jr., district engineer administrator for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, District 03 for the eight parish Acadiana region. This region includes St. Mary, Iberia, St. Martin, Vermilion, Lafayette, Acadia, St. Landry and Evangeline.

Administering all DOTD activities related programs and activities of new construction, and flood control, ports and waterways, levee districts and fresh water supply and design and traffic operations. This infrastructure includes 2500 miles of state and federal roads.

Crowley’s own Parkerson Avenue project is under Mr. Fontenot’s direction. This project was a dream and vision of Plant and Pray Garden Club.

He spoke about how and where money is collected, from gas pumps all the way to federal level, and the formula of distribution of these taxes for federal, state and local roadways.

The funds for Crowley’s Parkerson Avenue come from different types of grants, federal and state highway funds and matching funds from the city. The first step by the Crowley city government was to engage the services of the firm, Patrick C. Moore, landscape architects and site planners.

The architects then teamed up with Bill Fontenot and the DOTD to do a study and develop a master plan for downtown Parkerson Avenue named “Historic North Parkerson Redevelopment Project.” Plans are well underway at this time.

A business meeting followed and the new year of 2008-2009 calenders and programs were distributed to the members.

The club elected new officers, which include president, Belinda Green; vice president, Mona Dore; secretary, Raynell Gilder and treasurer, Shelley Hoffpauir.

A meal was served by hostesses Belinda Green, Tina Hensgens, Charlotte Istre and Jennifer LaComb.

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