Gonzales advances several improvement projects


Gonzales City Council moved forward on two capital improvement projects and made note to discuss one other in the near future.

At the recommendation of city staff, council awarded a contract to D&M Tank, LLC. Oct. 10 for repairs to a 300,000-gallon steel standpipe, “water tank #2.” The total amount for the project will be $277,290. Funding for the project was approved in the capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2019-20 and will come from the 2019 certificates of obligation issuance.

‘It’s just so encouraging to see all these capital improvement projects done,” Gonzales mayor Connie Kacir said following the contract vote.  

At the same meeting, council approved a budget amendment in the amount of $420,312 to pay for a portion of the water meter replacement project. In August, council awarded a contract to Secure Vision for the purchase and installation of around 2,000 Kamstrup water meters and related software. Installation for the meters has already begun and will continue until the project’s completion in December. The remainder of the $560,416 project has been budgeted in the 2019-20 budget already.

While reviewing the financial reports, Councilman Dan Blakemore expressed his interest in amending the city’s capital improvement plan to include a Church St. sidewalk project. The sidewalk would run along Church St. between Saint Andrew St. and either the Walmart or to Sarah DeWitt Dr. The project was previously brought to the attention of council by resident David DeMent.