Gonzales mayor says rezoning measure voted in favor of did not pass

Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux
Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - A measure the Gonzales City Council thought was passed by a vote Monday night actually was not because the vote didn't meet the requirements of rules governing how laws are passed in a Louisiana city.

The five-member council voted 2-1 in favor of rezoning a nearly 23-acre tract of land along LA 44 in Gonzales. The approval of the measure was sought to allow Crawford Electric to develop a $5 million facility.

City officials said all five council members attended the meeting, but only three of them voted on the measure. They added it was agreed the 2-1 was enough to pass the measure.

"Unfortunately, due to information made available from the Lawrason Act, Louisiana Revised Statute 33:406 (A) (1) has made it clear that the request we believed to have passed, has not," said Mayor Barney Arceneaux. "As a five-member council, we believed that the three councilmen voting would be the only votes taken into consideration. Unfortunately, that is not the case, and there is no majority vote. We are currently working to rectify the situation and hope to be able to do so."

Councilmen Kirk Boudreaux and Kenny Matassa voted for the rezoning, with Councilman Timothy Vessel voting against. Councilman Terance Irvin recused himself and Councilman Gary Lacombe abstained.

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