News and notes from public meetings Jan. 16


Gonzales Convention and Visitors Bureau

  • No public comments were given.
  • Andrea Seger, co-owner of local boutique Angels and Outlaws, introduced herself as the newest member of the board.
  • B. Wells Operations Manager Anne Dollery announced the park’s Expo Center is booked through May 16.
  • No Main Street report was given. Main Street Administrator Barbara Friedrich was unable to attend the GCVB meeting because of prior entanglements.
  • Tourism Director Ashley Simper listed several Tour Gonzales initiatives which included rebranding, tracking hotel performance and exposure and cultivating relationships with the city and its tourism partners.
  • Financial reports were accepted as is.
  • Simper addressed the J.B. Wells Expo upgrades she pitched to city council on Jan. 9.
  • The board discussed four concepts for a new Tour Gonzales logo.

Gonzales Emergency Service District

  • No public comments were given.
  • Gonzales County Judge Pat Davis administered the oath of office to present members of the board: Linda Carter, Donald Rihn and Commie Hisey.
  • No changes were made to the composition of the board.
  • Minutes from the Dec. 19 meeting were approved.
  • Financial statements were read, and bills were paid.
  • The Gonzales County EMS and Rescue report was read.
  • ESD Executive Director Eddie Callender Jr. announced the ESD/EMS merger deadline will be pushed back to April 1. Callender Jr. said issues with the state’s compliance office caused the delay.

Smiley City Council

  • No public comments were given.
  • Minutes from the Nov. 25 and Dec. 19 meeting were approved.
  • Bills and financial statements were approved.
  • The municipal court, marshal and fire department reports were read and accepted.
  • The council approved the city of Smiley general election for May 2, 2020. On the ballot are the mayor and two council seats.