News and notes from public meetings Dec. 9


Gonzales County Commissioners Court

Editors note: Donald Petru's comments were directed to Kevin La Fleur not Justin La Fleur. The story has been altered to reflect this. 

  • Though no one spoke during the initial public comment section, several offered comment when the court motioned to re-open the section following Pct. 3 Commissioner Kevin La Fleur’s statement on the alleged TCEQ violation.
  • In his comment, Gonzales resident Dale Schellenberg defended La Fleur from what he called a “vicious attack:” “What I do know is that Jesus drug his cross to his own crucifixion,” Schellenberg said. “Kevin La Fleur, a group is trying to crucify you and what I see is you carrying a cross for the entire Gonzales County with your name inscribed on it. Gonzales County’s inscribed on it also.”
  • Donald Petru brought a copy of the information on the alleged TCEQ violation he received via public record request and invited anyone interested to look through it or get their own copy at the county auditor's office. Petru also made comments toward Kevin La Fleur which promted Nixon Alderman Justin La Fleur to make his own accusations in response.  Justin La Fleur's comments were interupted by the court. 
  • Minutes from the Nov. 25, 2019 meeting were approved.
  • Constable Pct. 4’s monthly report was received by the court.
  • The court approved a contract for the lease/purchase of a 2020 John Deere 624L Wheel Loader for Pct. 2.
  • A three-year services agreement between Gonzales County Code Enforcement and GVTC was approved.
  • Gonzales County, the Gonzales County Republican Party and the Gonzales County Democratic Party all agreed to a joint primary election services contract. The motion will allow all ballots cast in the primary to be deposited into the same receptacle regardless of party distinction.
  • The court renewed the Sheriff Office’s contract with CML Security/Metroplex Control Systems for maintenance on security electronics and detention services.
  • Bills were read and approved.

Gonzales ISD School Board

  • During the recognitions portion of the meeting, Gonzales High students Veronica Moreno and Frank Benes were recognized for their outstanding achievements. Moreno was named an all-state legacy all-star while Benes was named as the award winner for the district’s Pay It Forward program.
  • The board approved the annual financial and compliance report for fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2019 and approved the audit engagement letter from Singleton, Clark, & Company. Preston Singleton of Singleton, Clark & Company gave credit to the district for being “back on solid ground” with their financials, with their fund balancing more than doubling from last year’s balance.
  • The board approved and accepted grants coming from the Gonzales ISD Education Foundation. Nine awards will be given, totaling $32,113.46 of funding.
  • TASB Board Policy Update 114, affecting GISD local policies, was approved.
  • The annual investment report was approved by the board.
  • The board approved purchasing three school buses, which will include seat belts, air conditioning, tinted windows and cameras, plus an increase of $12,908 to the Function 34 General Fund.
  • Minutes from the Nov. 11, 2019 board meeting and the Nov. 19, 2019 team building meeting were approved
  • Budget amendments were approved.