Gonzales City Council denies annexation request

Scott J. Anderson
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Gonzales City Council voted 3-2 Monday night against an ordinance to annex the property of Lot 8-B-1 into the City of Gonzales.

The property, approximately 3.09 acres, is near the intersection of Highways 44 and 941, currently in Ascension Parish and zoned as conservation zoning. Such zoning stipulates one house per acre.

Earl Dempsey Pendarvis, the owner of the property, told the council annexation would potentially generate tax dollars and jobs.

"What's best for the city," Pendarvis asked the council. "Roundabouts have been put where corners are at. Most of the time there are already on those corners. We have very little tax income on that now. It's going to create tax dollars. It'll create occupational licenses and it's best for the city."

Several residents from the area spoke out against annexation, urging the council to protect the zoning of their parish property.

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Councilmen Timothy Riley, Tyler Turner and Harold Stewart voted against the annexation. Councilmen Johnny Berthelot and Kirk Boudreaux voted for the measure.

Council members tabled approval of Mayor Barney Arceneaux and the administration's recommendation for selecting a contractor for waste disposal services.

The current contractor, Waste Pro, submitted the lowest bid in a Request for Qualifications, according to the bid tabulation. But Dustin Clouatre with competitor Trash Rangers, said his company's bid offered different options to the city.

"We would like to have a waste services number," he said. "When they call into City Hall, they will be forwarded to our office. We text message the night before to all our customer base and let them know we are going to pick up the next day."

Clouatre said his company uses automated trucks on all its routes.

He also said the company will buy the approximately 4,000 trash cans for the city and distribute and maintain them for all city residents.

The council will take up the issue again when it meets in two weeks.

The council adopted a resolution giving preliminary approval for the City of Gonzales to issue hotel occupancy tax bonds in an amount not to exceed $4.5 million to finance the construction of the Price LeBlanc PACE Center.

Council members also approved the request of Alvin "Brad" Bourque to rezone less than one acre of Lot 6, Sq. 34, 907 E. Weber St., from R-8 to B-1 Zoning.

The council also authorize Arceneaux or his designee to spend up to the appraised value in negotiating the acquisition of the right of way to connect Veterans Boulevard to Commerce Avenue. It also authorized Dwight Poirrier to perform acquisition activities for the right-of-way based on the appraised fair market value.

Council members appointed Neal Bourque to the Recreation Committee. They also adopted two resolutions supporting grant applications to the Louisiana Office of Community Development gas and water improvements at Vesta Trailer Park along East Vesta Drive.