Gonzales seeks bids for new development’s road

The City Council authorized the advertisement of bids Monday for Edenborne Parkway in the Edenborne development, a proposed 300 plus-acre traditional neighborhood development at at the southwest corner of Interstate 10 and La. 44.

A major commercial strip along I-10, several hundred homes and multifamily units, as well as River Parishes Community College, are planned in Edenborne.

Several years ago, the council appropriated $500,000 for a road project at the development with plans to do a piece of the main road, Edenborne Parkway.

Due to bid process obligations, the developers moved forward with completing Edenborne Parkway. Instead, the city will do a small project near the north end of the development and the future site of Emerson Process Management’s regional headquarters.

The council also set its new inflation-adjusted residential garbage rate. The city will pay WastePro $16.85 — an increase of 34 cents — each month per residential customer. Residents, however, are not charged the fee.

As part of a half-cent sales tax passed in 2001 for fire, police and sanitation, city officials promised residents they would not be charged a monthly bill for garbage service, City Clerk and Finance Director Clay Stafford said, and they have not been since.

Also Monday, the city’s 2013-14 budgets were introduced; they will be discussed and put up for adoption at the next meeting May 13. The city’s new fiscal year begins June 1, and the budgets must be approved by then.

In their annual budget address on April 16, Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Stafford set a proposed General Fund budget of $13.569 million.

A year after transferring $3.5 million to the Capital Outlay and Utility funds, the 2013-14 proposed budget calls for a $6 million transfer for capital projects. The proposed Capital Outlay budget calls for more than $8.6 million in spending.

Just two days after suffering a heart attack, Councilman Tim Vessel was back in his seat Monday at the City Council dais.

Vessel, 47, said he had two stents placed in his coronary arteries.

Fellow first-term Councilman Gary Lacombe presented Vessel a card on behalf of the council. He said he had planned to deliver the card to Vessel at the hospital Monday night.

“Welcome back, Timmy Vessel,” Arceneaux said at the beginning of the meeting.

“We thank the Lord you’re back here with us,” Councilman Terance Irvin said.