Unanimous council adopts temporary ban on fill by resolution, Matassa promises no veto

A unanimous Parish Council adopted a resolution banning the placement of fill “in all areas not rated as Flood Zone X” for 180 days or until a Floodplain Management ordinance is adopted, whichever comes first.  President Kenny Matassa, who vetoed one such ordinance passed unanimously on May 16, assured the governing authority he will keep […]

CARA hoping to expand operations with new revenues, need governmental approval

The Parish Council’s Personnel Committee convened Wednesday with an agenda that included discussion of “the Formation of Animal Services Department of Operations and Board of Directors.”  The item caused more than a little angst for CARA, the non-profit group currently operating the Ascension’s Animal Shelter, which hopes to assume expanded duties once $1.3 million in […]

Profile: Councilwoman Teri Casso

District 8’s Teri Casso is the second woman to serve on Ascension’s Parish Council, the first to assume the chair after seven years wielding the gavel over the powerful Finance Committee.  Preaching “efficiencies in parish government” all the while, Casso’s former committee was nothing more than a clearinghouse to rubber-stamp every expenditure concocted by two […]

Matassa explains absence from Ascension during declared emergency

GONZALES – Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa on Monday praised the efforts of government employees for their actions in dealing with Hurricane Barry this past weekend. President Matassa will return Tuesday from a conference he attended in Las Vegas late last week that lasted through the weekend. “Everything was in place with our emergency response […]

One More: Did anyone miss Kenny?

We perceived no detriment to AP operations without Kenny.  Maybe he could stay away until January.

Superintendent David Alexander updates on Construction Projects/Test Scores

Dear Ascension Public Schools Family, As we are approximately four weeks away from the start of a new school year, I would like to share with you some of the exciting things that have been taking place over the summer (other than tropical storm weather). STATE TESTING SCORES Mastery+By now, you should have received state […]

Profile: Councilman Aaron Lawler

Aaron Lawler first came to our attention as a private citizen who was one of Better Recreation NOW!’s most ardent proponents in 2014.  Voters handily rejected a 5-mill property tax in support of the bold initiative, but Lawler carried that pro-recreation ardor and propensity for big ideas into his first term as District 7’s council representative.  Among […]

Conservative businessman Brandon Trosclair announces candidacy for House District 88 Seat

On Wednesday, local businessman Brandon Trosclair announced that he will be running for State Representative in District 88, the seat that represents portions of Gonzales, Prairieville, Sorrento and St. Amant. The House District 88 seat is currently held by State Representative Johnny Berthelot, who announced on Monday he will not be seeking re-election. “I’ve lived […]

Matassa and AP Government seek $545,487 in criminal fees, penalties

On June 18 a lawsuit was filed by Ascension Parish Government (APG) and Kenneth Matassa as plaintiffs seeking reimbursement of the latter’s legal fees incurred to defend a 2017 bribery indictment.  Named defendants are the insurance company from which APG secured a policy and the agent who brokered the deal.  Plaintiffs (the only reason for […]

Matassa adds 140 employees, $5.3 Million to Ascension’s payroll (and counting)

President Kenny Matassa inherited a 403-man personnel roster from his predecessor, with a total payroll of $17,437,530 according to records produced by Ascension Parish Government on February 10, 2016.  Matassa had been on the job 34 days, having already gotten rid of former lead engineer Bob Horner in a personnel move to belie the monumental […]