GONZALES — On Monday, the Gonzales City Council called for a special election to fill the council seat vacated by Gary Lacombe’s resignation last month.
The vote came at a meeting where Councilman Timothy Vessel, recalled by 75 percent of the vote Saturday, was in his seat as usual. Vessel is still within the nine days allowed by state law to contest the recall election.
The City Council’s resolution calls for a special election on March 28 to fill the unexpired term of Lacombe, who was targeted along with Vessel in the recall election, until Lacombe resigned on Nov. 25.
Lacombe’s term expires Dec. 31, 2016.
In the meantime, before the special election in March, the council will consider a temporary appointment for someone to fill Lacombe’s former seat.
Nominations for that person can come from the mayor or council members.
The naming of an interim appointment to the vacant seat wasn’t on Monday night’s meeting agenda, but Terance Irvin, the remaining councilman of a three-member voting bloc that included Vessel and Lacombe, moved that it be added to the agenda.
Vessel seconded Irvin’s motion.
However, a unanimous vote is required by the council to place a new item on the agenda, and, not surprisingly, the item failed, with Vessel and Irvin voting for it and Councilmen Kenny Matassa and Kirk Boudreaux voting “no.”
“We’d like to appoint the two replacements at the same time,” Mayor Barney Arceneaux said after the meeting.
An interim appointment and a special election also will be required to fill Vessel’s unexpired term, if the recall vote holds up.
The council has five at-large members who run in five separate divisions, one of which — Irvin’s division — is reserved for black candidates.
Arceneaux said the council probably would call for a special meeting to nominate and vote on the two appointments to the council, because the council doesn’t normally hold a second meeting in December.
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