Gonzales accepts bids for GFD vehicles, discusses clean-up

Wade McIntyre

The Gonzales City Council approved two major budgeted equipment bids for the Gonzales Fire Department at the regular meeting Monday.

The city will purchase a second USAR command post type vehicle for $158,980. The unit from Ferrari Fire Apparatus can be used both locally and on the road to assist in disaster stricken areas, said acting Fire Chief Tracey Normand. The unit is fully enclosed with air-conditioning and heating provided.

Councilmen also approved a bid for a $121,303 ambulance to operated by the fire department. The unit will replace an older vehicle that becomes a spare, leaving the department with two ambulances less than two years old, Normand said.

In other business, the council adopted a Mutual Aid Agreement with Orange Beach, Ala.

Mayor Johnny Berthelot said the cities have worked under a verbal arrangement that has proved beneficial for both cities during hurricanes.

“They get hit and we help them,” he said, adding that Orange Beach responds when Gonzales suffers a storm hit.

During the last hurricane, Orange Beach sent five police officers and an ambulance with two personnel to help Gonzales and the area, Berthelot said.

In an unrelated matter, the council ratified an agreement with the parish for debris removal by Unified Recovery LLC of Baton Rouge.

Berthelot said 16,830 cubic yards of debris from Hurricane Gustav was removed from Gonzales as of Sunday.

Collectors have gone over the whole city twice and will make a third pass, finishing up this week, Berthelot said.

The city was told debris not removed is to be picked up by FEMA, according to the mayor.