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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

From June 25, 2015: Donaldsonville Council was interested in purchasing Peoples Water

June 25, 2015 by Michael Tortorich The Donaldsonville City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to open a discussion about possibly negotiating a deal with the local water service company. After discussing the matter during the last Committee of the Whole meeting, Councilmen moved forward Tuesday night with approving of Mayor Leroy Sullivan to communicate […]

The case against Buzzard Roost rezone from Conservation to Industrial

NOTE: Buzzard Roost is located north of Hwy 30, just west of the City of Gonzales.  Residents affected by a proposed rezone of 358 acres at Buzzard Roost banded together behind spokeswoman, Kelly Anderson, to oppose the rezoning at the November 30 meeting of Ascension’s Parish Council.  What follows is their argument. ************************************* Please, keep […]

What’s it cost to produce 19 million gallons of water?

19 million gallons of water might just disappear from Parish Utilities of Ascension’s distribution system but only after your tax dollars have paid to produce it.  How much is it costing Ascension Parish every month?

Matassa names William Daniel as Ascension Parish Infrastructure Division Director

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is pleased to announce the hiring of William Daniel as the new Infrastructure Division Director. Mr. Daniel brings over 35 years of experience in engineering, executive management, and government to Ascension Parish. From 2005-2017, Mr. Daniel held key infrastructure and executive positions in East Baton Rouge City-Parish Government, including Public […]

$450,000 better spent on roads than Master Plan says Compton

Tonight the Parish Council adopted a resolution to spend $450,000 to have a new master plan created for Ascension Parish. Coincidentally, there have been several articles published about this subject and the not so distant past history of master planning in Ascension. It caused me to reflect on my 8 years with A.P. and I […]