Gonzales council condemns house on Marchand Avenue

The Gonzales City Council on Monday unanimously voted to condemn a home that city building official Jerry Self described as “dangerous and dilapidated.”

Homeowner Henry J. Bailey, Jr., who inherited the residence at 117 N. Marchand Ave., has appeared before the City Council twice before seeking more time to come up with plans and cost estimates to repair the home.

Bailey said on Monday it would cost $20,000 to repair just the building’s interior but that renovation work hasn’t started yet because his contractor had been out of town and was busy with other jobs.

“This is the third meeting we’ve had now and something was supposed to be done,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said.

Bailey said he is willing to pay for the expensive repairs.

But Self said the home has been vacant for years, the front porch is crumbling, woodwork is decaying and rotting and there are substantial plumbing and electrical issues.

“I’d recommend it be demolished,” Self said.

Councilmen Terance Irvin, Kenneth Matassa, Kirk Boudreaux, Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel then supported a motion to accept Self’s recommendation.

In other business, the council unanimously approved a resolution endorsing Emerson Process Management’s participation in the Louisiana Quality Jobs program.

The Quality Jobs program offers financial incentives, such as sales and use tax rebates, for companies promoting economic development or job growth in Louisiana.

Emerson Process Management is building its regional headquarters on 17.57 acres at La. 44 and Interstate 10 in Gonzales.

The $16 million campus is expected to bring nearly 200 jobs, including approximately 60 new jobs, and will focus on the company’s valve manufacturing operations as well as provide training, education and sales centers.