GONZALES — Following the same course of action it took after Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s prior two budget vetoes, the Gonzales City Council on Monday again did not attempt to override the mayor’s veto of the capital outlay budget.
To toss out Arceneaux’s veto, his third on the budget, the five-member council would have needed a 4-1 vote, and the council is split 3-2 on the budget issue.
Arceneaux most recently vetoed the capital outlay budget on Sept. 17, in opposition to cuts made to equipment funding for the Gonzales Police Department by Councilmen Gary Lacombe, Timothy Vessel and Terance Irvin.
None of the three made a motion at Monday night’s meeting for a roll call vote seeking to override the mayor’s veto.
The mayor will present his capital outlay budget to the council for a fourth time at the next meeting, on Oct. 13.
Also at the meeting Monday, Gonzales police Officer Lee Stromberg was honored by representatives of the FBI, who commended Stromberg’s efforts in following a missing person case, learning it was, instead, a human trafficking case and calling in the FBI.
“It was the first successful prosecution of a human trafficking case in the Middle District,” the federal court in Baton Rouge, said Taneka Harris, special FBI agent based in Baton Rouge.
Charles J. LeLaughter, supervisory special agent in Baton Rouge, commended Stromberg on his “outstanding assistance” in the joint investigative effort.
“Job well done,” said LeLaughter, after presenting Stromberg with a certificate signed by FBI Director James Comey.
“Without the responding uniformed officers, there would not have been a case for me to investigate,” Stromberg, who was a detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department when the case broke, said after the meeting.