Issues abound at Gonzales Council meeting

Charlotte Guedry

Monday night’s Gonzales City Council meeting saw a lot of activity.

Council memebrs worked on issues ranging from community arts involvement and economic concerns.

City Clerk Clay?Stafford requested that $475,000 in surplus funds be moved into the city’s 2010-11 budget.

The move, he said, was to ensure that the city did not go over their budget. The city currently sits at 95%.

The move was agreed by all council members.

Members of St.?Vincent DePaul were at the meeting to let residents know of a new food initiative soon to hit the city.

‘Bags of Hope’ will contain a sandwich, chips, drink and snack, and be handed out on?Tuesday’s from 4 - 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, and at the same time on Thursday’s at Frist Baptist Church.

As a kick-off to the new food program, volunteers will be at both Carver and T-Joe Parks this Sunday, May 15, handing out food to residents.

An issue that has been ab one of contention for council members and residents may be one step closer in being resolved.

The owners of the condemned home at 321 Cypress Road have been found, and have been given until the next scheduled council meeting on may 23 to come up with a plan for fixing the property.

If no plan is deemed suitable, the recommendation could be for the property to be demolished.

Mike Eades and other members of the Ascnsion?Economic Development Corporation were on hand to discuss recent strategies for enticing prospective business people into the area.

Eades said that there are anumber of projects the AEDC is currently working on that are aimed at bringing new businesses into area.

Councilman Johnnie Cagnolatti told all present about a request for the River Region Art Association.

The Association requested a permit, which was approved, to hold an art show in Jambalaa Park from october 8 - 9.

Vendors will consist solely of local artists and craftspeople, with the idea being to keep an profits made within the area.

The special events permit was approved, and booths will be set up.

There will, though, be no permit for alcohol.