Gonzales approves millage rollover

Wade McIntyre

The Gonzales City Council took care of routine business matters at the Monday regular meeting.

Members adopted a resolution adopting the current 8.55 millage rate for another year.

Members also approved a cooperative endeavor agreement whereby the Gonzales Fire Department will purchase a used Chevy Suburban SUV from the St. Amant Volunteer Fire Department for use in Gonzales.

The council also authorized signing of documents with the state to construct an approximately 1/2 million dollar sidewalk project running from the Gonzales Civic Center along Bayou Francois behind East Ascension High School to Worthy Road.

The project which will have lights and possibly a couple of benches was first proposed about seven years ago.

Police Chief Sherman Jackson commended the officers of the city police department for taking a possible felon off the street during last Friday’s manhunt and capture of Percy James Cage, 39, of 3939 Scarborough Drive, Baton Rouge.

After more than an hour of searching the area, Cage was apprehended at 231 N. Pleasant St. He has been described as a person of interest in a triple murder occurring in Baton Rouge earlier Friday morning.

“Even the mayor (Barney Arceneaux) showed up to direct traffic and keep people off the streets,” Jackson said. “Hopefully this will send a message that Gonzales is not a free haven (for criminal offenders).”

At the meeting Mark Peters announced he is planning a bike-a-thon in the city for fun and fitness on Aug. 29.