Gonzales to put brass water meters out for bid

The City Council is hoping to pocket a few extra dollars by selling surplus water meters.

The council on Monday approved placing 113 3/4-inch residential and two 2-inch commercial water meters out for bid to see how much money the city can make off the unused brass.

Clay Stafford, the city’s finance director, said the meters would go to the highest bidder, and that the money would be placed in the city’s general fund.

City Engineer Jackie Baumann said there is a great deal of interest in the water meters because they are made of brass. “Clay and I get a lot of calls on this,” she said. “People want to buy them.”

Although city officials said they weren’t sure how much money the water meters would generate when sold, brass is selling for more than $2 per pound.“It’s worth a pretty penny,” Councilman Tim Vessel said.

“We hope we’re gonna get some good money,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said.

Other matters before the council included:

COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS: After discussing committee and commissioner appointments with each council member, Arceneaux announced the roles on Monday. The council members unanimously approved the appointments.

Kenny Matassa and Gary Lacombe will serve on the Engineering Review Committee; Terance Irvin and Lacombe on the Insurance Review Committee; Matassa and Vessel on the Public Safety Review Committee; and Kirk Boudreaux and Irvin on the Ordinance Review Committee.

Arceneaux appointed Boudreaux as the council’s treasurer and Lacombe as assistant treasurer. Irvin will serve commissioner roles for recreation and utilities, which he’ll also share with Matassa.

Matassa also will serve as fire department and sanitation commissioner. Boudreaux will be the council’s streets commissioner, Lacombe the tourist commissioner and Vessel the drainage and environmental commissioner.

The commissioners serve as liaisons for the council to oversee key issues in the city.

MARCH MEETING: The council voted to move its March 11 meeting to March 18.

At least two council members — and maybe more — and other city officials will attend the National League of Cities’ annual Congressional City Conference, being held March 9-13 in Washington, D.C., Arceneaux said.

The annual conference focuses on federal policies affecting municipalities.