GONZALES — The Gonzales City Council on Monday voted to spend approximately $21,000 to put a new, larger basketball court in Carver Park — priced at $52,000 — with the other half of that amount coming from a special grant awarded to the project.
The “Hoopla” grant is given every year, through a fundraising effort of the state legislature and the New Orleans Pelicans, said state Sen. Jody Amedee, R-Gonzales, whose district received the $21,000 grant this year in a drawing and who appeared before the council Monday.
City Clerk Clay Stafford said that research into the basketball court project showed there were two options: to try to make repairs to the cracked, uneven court at Carver and put new surfacing on it, for $22,000, or to remove the old court and install a larger, full-sized court, with six goals instead of the two there now, for $52,000.
The council voted unanimously to fund the bigger project, adding city funds to those provided by the Hoopla grant.
In other business, the council declared as surplus four stainless steel toilets from the city’s old jail — after Stafford told the council that filmmakers had expressed an interest in getting a chance to bid on them.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux joked that maybe folks could one day catch an episode of the crime drama “NCIS,” shot in New Orleans, and catch a glimpse of the old, surplus items.