GONZALES — The city of Gonzales will receive a small fee for every transaction made at the local Office of Motor Vehicles, which will be moving soon to a building owned by the city.
Council members on Monday unanimously approved an agreement with the state Department of Public Safety and Corrections mandating that a fee of $4.50 be collected for the city for each transaction at the new location of the OMV, in exchange for its use of the building.
Currently located on East Worthey Street, the office will be moving to East Ascension Street to a building purchased last year and now being renovated by the city that in previous years housed a two-year college and a church.
The fees for the city will be deposited in an escrow fund in the state treasury and distributed to the city at least monthly, according to the agreement.
The City Council also approved another agreement, this one with Raising Cane’s, which will sponsor the new dog park in Gonzales that opened in April.
Located at the back of the city’s Jambalaya Park, the dog park will be named Raising Cane’s Dog Park at Jambalaya Park.
Raising Cane’s, which will pay the city $30,000 over the next 10 years for the sponsorship, also will be painting a mural on the side of a city-owned building at the back of the park.
The city on Monday also approved the low bid of approximately $3.65 million by Wharton-Smith, based in Florida with an office in Baton Rouge, to install a sewer lift station and the main pipe to connect the new station with the city’s sewer system and to expand the system south of Interstate 10, an area of growing development for the city.
City Engineer Jackie Baumann said the work should begin in August.
Gonzales received a $15 million loan from the state Department of Environmental Quality last year to expand its sewer system.
Also at its meeting, the City Council heard a report from Karen Hatcher, president of the Gonzales Committee of Cultural Affairs, on a recent trip by a 14-member delegation from the city to its “twin city” of Meylan, France, to mark the 30th anniversary of that partnership.
Hatcher said the “twinning” of the cities has focused on cultural exchanges in the past but now is beginning to look at ways the cities could help each other in the areas of education and business.
City Councilman Harold Stewart, a member of the recent delegation to Meylan, said, “We’re blessed to have a cultural committee like this. For this (agreement with Meylan) to last 30 years, something had to be right.”
A delegation from Meylan will travel to Gonzales next year.