Gonzales Council appoints commissioners

Brandie Richardson
The 272 unit Cypress Square Apartment complex.Staff photo by Brandie Richardson.

During the first meeting of the year, the Gonzales City Council approved the commission recommendations to appoint Neal Bourque as Recreation and Tourist Commissioner, Kirk Boudreaux as Treasurer, AEDC Liaison and Streets Commissioner, Tyler Turner as Assistant Treasurer and Utilities Commissioner, David Guitreau as Drainage Commissioner and Harold Stewart as Fire Department and Sanitation Commissioner until the end of their terms in 2020.

The council also approved the committee recommendations to appoint Neal Bourque to the Engineering Review and Public Safety Review Committees, David Guitreau to the Engineering and Insurance Review Committees, Harold Stewart to the Public Safety and Personnel Committees, Tyler Turner to the Insurance Review and Ordinance Review Committees and Kirk Boudreaux to the Personnel and Ordinance Review Committees.

Clay Stafford was reappointed as the City Clerk, along with Erin Lanoux as the City Attorney and Mayor Pro Tempore was appointed to Kirk Boudreaux.

The Jambalaya Park pool management contract with Southeast Louisiana Aquatics (SELA) was extended. The SELA manager updated the council on the work that was done in 2016. He said SELA was able to start a new year round competitive swim team that is part of USA Swimming, added private swim lessons and held numerous certifications at the pool. He added that there was 160 kids on the summer swim team, 40 more from 2015, and because heaters were installed in the pool, the swim season was extended from April through Oct.

Prices of the pool were also reduced from $7 per day, with a $1 fee to rent a lifejacket, to $5 per day with a free rental of lifejackets. Concessions were also added in 2016.

Some of the issues that SELA faced were security issues. He said people were regularly jumping and pulling back the fence to gain access into the pool after hours, though a security system was recently installed to help with security, he said.

City Engineer Jackie Baumann said a repair and renovation pre-bid meeting will be held Jan. 10 at City Hall to discuss the repairs for the building. All bids are due by Jan. 19.

Forty percent of the total project of the Regional Lift Station is complete and work will commence next week pending the weather. She added that the pavement preservation project for La. 44 will begin in March.

A grant was awarded in the amount of $50,000, with 50 percent matching funds, to be used to prioritize and estimate costs for each phase of the Gonzales depot constitution, though no work will begin until an official agreement from the Southern Rail Commission is received.

A final vote on Ordinance 4009 was passed, amending the code of ordinances to approve the rezoning request of Montan Landco LLC. to rezone 14 acres of land on the west side of S. Veterans Ave. from C-1 zone to an R-3-M25 zone to allow for a 272 unit apartment complex to be built.

An intergovernmental agreement between the City of Gonzales and the Ascension Parish Fire District No. 1 was renewed, extending the $120,000 agreement to continue through Dec. 31, 2017.

The March 13 council meeting was changed to March 20 at 5:30 p.m.