Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux addressed a roomful of professionals this afternoon before Tuesday Night’s council meeting. His goal was to educate people of library access – or rather the lack there-of – on the North side of town.
“There is not a single library on the other side of I-49” Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux passionately stated.
The lack of library access on the north side of town has been radiating through the community.
“We would try to encourage the kids to get to the library on the weekends.” said Alton Trahan, who mentors school aged kids, “Their response to us was we can’t Mr. Alton. And I was like what do you mean you can’t? You can’t get your mom or your dad to take you? And they would say no, they don’t have access on the weekends to bring us.”
Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux hoped Tuesday afternoon’s press conference would help to educate the voters, showing them where the re-dedicated tax money could be best used.
“The only thing that is gonna be proposed is for the library to hold onto more of that money so they can do the work that needs to be done.”said Boudreaux.
The work that needs to be done is providing quality access to a library on the north side of town.
“Just to be totally transparent, what I have been told over the years is that the people over here should go to the Main Library. But, again you have the barriers and why, what says that these people are any less than anyone else.” said Boudreaux.
Councilmen Boudreaux came to the conference with answers, showing everyone three locations where the North side of town could benefit from a library. Brown Park and The Holy Rosary where two of the proposed locations. The third location happens to be the future site of Infinity College, and Dr. Sherica Davis, the President of the college, even wrote a letter in support of working with the city in this endeavor.
“Private Partnership with LCG, the sale of land or joint use of a development to join her college which she has already started to work on, and a public library facility. Just imagine that.” said Boudreaux.