Mayor accused of breaking the law during budget talks
GONZALES - City leaders got personal, tossing around allegations of malfeasance and misconduct, during a budget meeting Monday night.
Councilman Gary Lacombe accused Mayor Barney Arceneaux of breaking the law when appointing people to the city's planning and zoning board. Prior to the meeting, Lacombe asked the Attorney General's office to investigate and it found no wrongdoing.
The budget has been a hot item since Mayor Barney Arceneaux vetoed an altered version of his proposed budget last month. An $800,000 road study along I-10 was added and Arceneaux was against the change.
Councilmen Gary Lacombe, Timothy Vessel and Terrance Irvin have taken over discussions at the council meetings with their majority vote on the five member council. Monday, the trio took their road study out of the latest budget proposal but the still cut the police department's budget by $110,000 and the Ascension Economic Development Corporation's budget by $25,000.
Following the meeting, Lacombe, Vessel and Irvin refused to comment on their maneuver.
Arceneaux said he'll take the next few days to review the budget that was approved by the council Monday night and has not counted out vetoing it again.