Gonzales Council sets 20 mph limit at Tanger

Wade McIntyre

The Gonzales City Council adopted a motion setting the speed limit on Tanger Boulevard in   Tanger Shopping Center at 20 mph, and to erect stop signs on the boulevard to facilitate pedestrian crossings.

The action at the Monday meeting came after Mayor Johnny Berthelot said the city had been contacted by the shopping center and asked to install the signs.

A request was also made to set the speed limit at 10 mph, Berthelot said, but Police Chief Bill Landry responded that a limit that low would be hard to enforce.

The priority would be to install the 3-way stop signs, Landry said. He also recommended the 20 mph speed limit which the council unanimously adopted.

In unrelated business, newly named Fire Chief Tracey Normand and district fire chiefs Kris Johnson and Preston Landry were introduced to the council.

The appointments were made Nov. 14 by Berthelot with the input of incoming Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

Normand succeeds former Chief Butch Browning who resigned after being named State Fire Marshal by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

The city’s Civil Service Board with a new member appointed at the last council meeting was able to meet formally Nov. 13 and certify Normand, Johnson and Landry’s civil service scores from the exam they took during the summer.

The city’s new fire chief entered the fire service profession 17 years ago and also served eight years in the Louisiana Army National Guard.