Getting back on track
GONZALES- During their first meeting of the year, two new council members were sworn in to give the leadership of the city a fresh start.
Barbara Duhe was sworn in as the councilwoman for Division C, taking recalled councilman Timothy Vessel's spot, and David Guitreau took the Division E seat in place of Gary Lacombe, who quit before he could be recalled.
The council began by adding at least $234,000 back into the capital outlay budget to pay for equipment for the fire department and new surveillance cameras for the police department.
Terance Irvin, who was part of a voting bloc that slashed that money, made sure the council knew he wasn't pleased to spend that money.
"I would have liked to have things go my way, but the people have spoken and I will respect the voices of the people, but now it's time to move forward and I basically want to put in the front of the council and the administration, that we have to position ourselves financially so we can better prepare the future of Gonzales for generations to come," said Irvin.
But other members of the council, like new Mayor Pro-tem Kenny Matassa, believe the council is ready to head in a new direction.
"I do believe the city of Gonzales is back on track, it says we're open for business and I think everything will start booming, like it was before," said Matassa.
The council will also reconsider two tracts of land that were denied zoning changes during the last council.
The proposal to restore money to the budget will be voted in two weeks, the zoning changes may take longer to reverse.