GONZALES — Ascension Parish Clerk of Court Kermit “Hart” Bourque is planning to add 1,000 square feet of space to the criminal records room at the parish courthouse annex in Gonzales.
Bourque announced the plans during Thursday nights Parish Council meeting, gaining members’ backing without opposition.
The longtime clerk said he has spent $2.2 million to make additions to his offices in Donaldsonville and Gonzales during his tenure.
While the parish has a large, modern courthouse in Gonzales, the parish also has a historic red brick courthouse building in Donaldsonville, the parish seat.
Bourque said he currently has a staff of 15 packed into the crowded Gonzales office.
The space is attached to one side of the courthouse annex, 828 S. Irma Blvd., Gonzales.
Bourque told the council that it would not be spending its money on the expansion but the parish would be able to take legal possession of the new space once it is finished.
He said his office by law cannot actually possess the property.
Bourque said later that accumulated fines and fees would be used to pay for the expansion.
Details were not immediately available about when work would start.
Other action taken by the council during its Thursday night meeting included:
CONDEMNATION VOTE: The council voted 8-0 to condemn a burned-out house at 36440 Swamp Road, Prairieville.
Councilmen Pat Bell, Benny Johnson and George Valentine were absent.
The homeowner, Jan Hodges, asked for a few weeks to settle a long-term dispute with her bank and insurer.
Chief Building Office Lavern Bourgeois said the building was badly damaged by fire two years ago and cannot be repaired.
He said it would take 30 days before demolition could begin.
FIXING TYPOS: The council gave Parish President Tommy Martinez the authority, 8-0, to sign an affidavit to fix typographical errors in the June 29 ordinance setting forth new council redistricting lines.