AG’s brief to Supreme Court in “Admitting Privileges” (abortion) case

SG Murrill: Women deserve better than incompetent providers who put profits over people Attorney General Jeff Landry filed Louisiana’s legal brief in defense of Act 620, the State’s common-sense admitting privileges law, today at the United States Supreme Court. “Louisiana’s brief outlines the documented evidence of Louisiana abortion clinics’ poor safety records, inadequate credentialing practices, […]

Matassa, with henchmen (including Lawler) out “to ruin” Cointment presidency

Lost in the drama surrounding tonight’s Special Meeting of Ascension Parish Council to ramrod a bankruptcy plan, a/k/a the Ascension Sewer, LLC agreement with ACUD #2, through before a majority of the body exits stage left, was Thursday’s “regularly scheduled” meeting.  To hear multiple members (Chairwoman Teri Casso, Randy Clouatre, and Benny Johnson most conspicuously) […]

Daniel can be the voice of reason, just not on sewer

The deadline to submit drainage projects eligible for grant funding through the “Louisiana Watershed Initiative” has been extended to January 17, 2020.  Which prompted the following from Infrastructure Division Director William Daniel at Monday’s meeting of the EA Drainage Board: “Maybe the next administration might want to re-prioritize how these go.” If you haven’t heard, […]

Melancon: Sewer deal not “as good as it could be” and vote should be delayed

Chase Melancon-District 6 Councilman Monday December 16th at 6PM there is a Special Council Meeting called to vote on the 30 YR / $215 Million Regional Sewer System contract between Ascension Sewer LLC, a company created by Bernhard Capital Partners and Ascension Parish. Unfortunately due to my prior work schedule commitment at the announcement of […]

Lawler admits pushing for lawsuit, anticipated fix being in with Matassa criminal fee payoff

We read with interest Councilman Aaron Lawler’s recap of Thursday’s Parish Council proceeding, specifically the 7-2 vote to pay criminal legal fees incurred by President Kenny Matassa.  Lawler wrote: Aaron Lawler  Dec. 5 Council Meeting Recap 5. On a 7-2 vote the Council approved the payment of President Matassa’s legal fees. Chair women Casso and […]

Cointment working group proposes contractual revisions to Ascension Sewer

Four weeks until Inauguration Day, Parish President-Elect Clint Cointment spent the past five days digging into the Construction, Operating and Cooperative Endeavor Agreement proposed by Ascension Sewer, LLC five months ago.  The document was amended by Ascension Sewer on multiple occasions pursuant to discussions at multiple Parish Council and Utilities Committee meetings, what passed for negotiation by […]

Shadowy sewer negotiations the fault of Chairwoman Casso

The time for modern sewer in Ascension Parish has come.-Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee (December 8, 2015) Those words were spoken during a Special Meeting of the Parish Council to consider Ascension Environmental, the Public Private Partnership proposed by GSA Consulting Engineers and a consortium of companies supposed to deliver the goods, i.e. sanitary sewer for east bank […]

Corey Orgeron is the voice of reason (we stand corrected)

NOTE:  We were just directed to Councilman Aaron Lawler’s social media page where he posted the agenda for a Special Meeting of the Parish Council on Tuesday, December 3.  That’s when the body, six (out of 11) of whom will not be around in January, will consider the largest capital expenditure in Ascension’s history. Approval […]

Ascension Sewer: Why the rush (and who’s pushing it)

A cursory review of the latest draft of the proposed contract between Ascension Sewer, LLC and the parish reveals numerous changes to the Construction and Operating Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (“the Agreement”) since the Parish Council Utilities Committee last met.  That is a good thing since the first draft was so one-sided in favor of Ascension Sewer that the parish’s continued […]

Letter remembers Willard Cointment

As I write this letter, my dear friend Willard Cointment’s birthday is today, October 24.  We were friends and business partners for nearly 50 years.  We never had a cross word.  Willard passed away May 22 of this year. I was trying to think of some way to honor Cointment’s memory and to pay tribute […]