Upon the removal of 1088 tons of flood debris, Gonzales Public Works Director Alvin Broussard reported that all debris removal is complete. Damages within the city limits include 225 residential homes, 47 apartment units, 19 commercial buildings, two faith based buildings and two municipal buildings.
Broussard also noted that the DEQ loan application was approved for $15 million. There are two large projects that still remain in the loan, the Regional Lift Station and Force Main construction, which is under construction, and treatment plant upgrades.
Chief Engineer Jackie Baumann gave the engineering report. Baumann said that the acquisition for the right-of-way at Cornerview and Irma Blvd. is currently underway and the right-of-way acquisition on La. 30 at Purpera will begin soon by DOTD. Also, bids for the La. 44 pavement project at from Cornerview to Airline Highway will begin Oct. 12.
Also during the Sept. 26 meeting, an ordinance was approved amending the code of ordinance annexing the property owned by Point Andrew on Churchpoint Road into the city limits of Gonzales.
The minutes from the Sept. 12 Council and Recreation Commission Meeting were approved. During the recreation meeting, the increase of fees for softball and baseball were discussed. It was voted on to increase registration fees from $40 to $60 per player, with the exception of t-ball, which will remain $40. Team sponsorships will also increase from $300 to $350. The increase will aid in recreation finances, as it was shown that registration and sponsor fees do not fully cover current expenses.