Candlelight vigil march approved, acceptance of engineering projects held

Leslie D. Rose

GONZALES – All council members were present at the Oct. 12 regular meeting of the mayor and his councilmen.

     Agenda items included the acceptance of minutes from both the Sept. 28 City Council meeting and the Oct. 5 Planning Commission meeting.

     During the presentation of guests, Parish Council District 10 nominee, John Cagnolati –  a Gonzales resident –  made a political announcement, where he encouraged his home city to vote for him.

     Later in the meeting, Mayor Barney Arceeaux reminded everyone of Election Day.

     “October 24th is Election Day,” Arceneaux said. “Get out and vote, or you can go this week and vote early.”

     A final vote passed on an ordinance authorizing Arcenaux to advertise and place for sale the house at 624 W. Orice Roth Road.

     City engineer, Jackie Baumann requested a hold on W. Diez St., S. Helen’s Way and W. Huey St.

     An inspection of the streets were done and the developers were provided a punch list of items to complete. A re-inspection was held and Baumann said that there were a few unfinished items from the punch list, thus she requested a hold on the acceptance of the streets until the necessary items have been completed by the contractor.

     Baumann continued by giving major project updates.

     The sewer rehabilitation project is its final phase. The plans for the treatment plant are 90% complete and Baumann will be meeting with the  consultant in the following week to discuss all details.

     For road jobs, the right-of-way report for Cornerview at Irma turn-lanes have been submitted to Baumann, and the right-of-way maps are in the beginning phase. 90% plans for the La. 30 and Purpera turn lane, and the first set of plans for the La. 44 project went back to DOTD earlier this month.

     An update on the dog park was also given. Baumann said that the pedestrian bridge and grading are done. The project will soon seek quotes on fencing and sidewalk.

     While there is no expected completion date yet, Baumann said the project will be done before the summer, with March being likely.

     A special event permit was granted to Iris Domestic Violence Center to hold a candlelight vigil march to open up its annual Take Back the Night program, to be held at Jambalaya Park, Oct. 26.

     The march will begin at 5:30 p.m. from the Ascension Parish Courthouse and will end at the park for the event. This year’s Take Back the Night will be done in honor of Monica Butler Johnson, the Geismar woman who was killed on Aug. 9. Her estranged husband, David Johnson was later arrested. He was indicted on murder charges, Oct. 9.