Traffic congestion was named the biggest problem for Gonzales in a survey of residents commissioned in February by Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux and Police Chief Sherman Jackson.

Forty percent of the approximately 200 residents surveyed by phone named traffic as a problem.

Other issues of concern were drainage and population growth, each chosen by 16 percent of those surveyed.

“We know, without a doubt, that traffic is our biggest problem,” Arceneaux said at Monday’s meeting of the City Council, when results of the survey by Magellan Strategies Baton Rouge were shared.

“We continue to work with” the state Department of Transportation and Development on solutions, he said.

Arceneaux said after the meeting that he and Jackson, who both plan to run for re-election this fall, decided to use campaign funds to split the approximately $6,000 cost of the survey this year, similar to surveys commissioned by the City Council in previous years.

The offices of mayor, police chief and council members will be up for election on Nov. 8.

Survey results showed that 84 percent of those surveyed believe the city is headed in the right direction.

Also on Monday, the city renewed its annual fire protection intergovernmental contract with the parish.

The City of Gonzales Fire Department provides fire protection for a portion of the parish outside city limits, under an annual contract with the parish of $120,000, paid monthly, Gonzales Fire Chief Tracey Normand said.

A number of city events will be ushering in spring in the coming days.

Free concerts in Jambalaya Park, on Sundays through April from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., begin Sunday, the same day the park’s splash park is turned on after the winter.

The grand opening of the city’s first dog park, located at the back of Jambalaya Park, is set for 11 a.m. April 8.