Gonzales petitioned to annex 3.832 acres

Wade McIntyre

The Gonzales City Council entertained a petition at the Monday meeting by Boone Parsons Enterprises L.L.C. to have the city annex 3.832 acres of company owned property.

The property on Ruby Road in the Diez Industrial Park has a current assessed value of $22,900. It shares a common border with the existing city limits and boundaries of Gonzales.

The property was purchased on Oct. 19, 2009 from Wilbert J. Sheets.

The company asked that the city annex the property by ordinance, and the council agreed to consider the petition.

In other business, the council:

• Approved a change order for construction of the sub-base of the city’s tennis courts affected by heavy rains. The change order calls for installation of a geo fabric and geo grid to replace the bottom quarter of the 2-foot sand sub-base, in an effort to stabilize the court foundation.

Councilman Joe Waguespack said the city would still be about $100,000 under budget for the project with the change order.

• Recognized the Dixie Boys State Champion baseball team during a ring presentation ceremony.

The team won their tenth state championship in 2009. Coach Olin Berthelot said the team played nine games in six days, and scored four runs in a last in rally to win the championship.

• Approved incremental salary increases based on the city pay scale for Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Police Chief Sherman Jackson. Councilman Waguespack said both officials received “positive evaluations, exemplary to tell you the truth.” Due to the current economic situation, Waguespack said the city may need to consider tweaking its pay scale in the future, but that it would not reflect on the mayor or the chief, or the state  of the current budget, if it does so.

In another matter, City Engineer Glenn Shaheen reported that the pump station 19 project located behind City Hall will go out to bid on Jan. 17. Shaheen, at the mayor’s request, also said he will work with DOTD to address timing issues at two city intersections where the green lights only allow three vehicles through the intersection before changing.