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Where have all those drainage maintenance MILLIONS gone?

District 9 Councilman Todd Lambert recently lobbied for renewal of the 5 mill property tax assessment coming to a ballot near you on November 6.  Five east bank Ascension mills is worth over $5 million annually.  According to Lambert the ad valorem  assessment is dedicated maintenance of drainage ditches and canals. On April 5 Lambert […]

Pettit: Abolish Planning Commission/enact moratorium

Why does the Houston City Council accomplish meaningful floodplain development reform in less than a year while here in Ascension Parish , almost two years after historic flooding, we spend $750,000 with HNTB and we get nothing? https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Houston-City-Council-adopts-stricter-flood-plain-12805504.php?src=hp_totn Bill Roux, recently retired DPW/Drainage Director, promised a floodplain management plan in the fall of 2016. A […]

Urban Systems buried traffic analysis on Transportation agenda (two years late); another $250,000 for HNTB

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING April 9, 2018 – 6:00 PM Courthouse East, 2nd Floor, 828 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales, LA 70737 AGENDA (1) Call to Order / Roll Call of Members (2) Invocation / Pledge (3) Public Comment Period (4) Committee Chairman’s Report (5) Acceptance of minutes of February 28, 2018 meeting as written. (6) Roads […]

Parish drainage $$$ devoted to new development as rest of Ascension neglected

Earlier this month West Main Street, extending through the City of Gonzales to its terminus at Cornerview Road in unincorporated Ascension Parish, was closed to through traffic.  Since the road is one which I travel on regular basis it was of some interest to me.  As it turns out, Ascension Parish equipment was employed to […]

Jimmy Babin’s common sense solution to drainage

NOTE:  Pelican Post first ran the following in the days after August 2016’s flood.  The issues addressed continue to plague Ascension and neighboring parishes. The problem started with the rain that fell within 3 days of over 30 inches due to a cell setting over us from the Gulf of Mexico. Starting on the day it started […]

Who does District 7 Councilman represent?

Work left to do?  We wonder if District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler will appear at the March 14 Reconsideration of the once denied Oak Grove Townhouses and, if so, whose interests will he defend? NOTE:  As always, we invite response, commentary, explanation, even invective from the councilman and anyone else who cares to opine.

Transportation Chair knew all about buried Urban Systems analysis

Ain’t social media grand.  Transportation Committee Chairman Lawler’s astonishing admission that he knew of Urban Systems’ April 2016 Traffic Impact Policy Review defies explanation.

Pettit versus Lawler: Citizen fires salvo at Councilman

Yesterday morning I received two phone calls from Councilman Aaron Lawler, a charming conversationalist and all-around comical guy.  It was a continuation of our social media tete-a-tete from the previous day when Lawler declared: I have decided that I will not appoint a proxy to represent the people of Prairieville in District 7 on the charter committee. […]

Lawler to serve on Charter Committee

I have decided that I will not appoint a proxy to represent the people of Prairieville in District 7 on the charter committee. I figure the people Prairieville need all the representation they can get, especially when Gonzales was given an extra representative at the cost of Prairieville. In brief, my role on this committee […]

William Daniel’s pals from BR about to pocket $190,000 for “Public Outreach”

Is it just us, or does $190,500 for Public Outreach for the Move Ascension transportation initiative seem like an abject waste of money?  It is on the Parish Council’s Thursday meeting Consent Agenda, where no discussion will be had, nor explanations offered why the expenditure is advisable (much less necessary). Newly-hired Infrastructure Division Director William […]