No vote on sewer deal; and none scheduled as Cointment presents alternative

On December 20 an outgoing parish council rejected a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with Ascension Sewer, LLC; then voted to place the same agreement on last night’s agenda for the new council to consider.  No vote was had as Councilman Corey Orgeron moved to refer the agreement “back to Utilities Committee” (which he happens to chair).  […]

Is Ascension Sewer viable without EBR customers paying increased rate?

Apparently, Ascension Parish Council’s next meeting agenda will not include approval/denial of the proposed agreement with Ascension Sewer, the consortium fronting for Bernhard Capital Partners.  That is in contravention of the council’s December 20 decision to have the vote on Thursday.  Much has changed since then, calling important elements of the proposal into question. On […]

APSO arrests Gonzales man for 33 counts of Animal Cruelty

On Sunday, January 19, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Martin Road to assist the animal shelter in an animal cruelty case. According to Sheriff Bobby Webre, when deputies arrived on scene, they located 33 dogs living in horrid conditions. One dog was located deceased. The homeowner, identified as 50-year-old Thomas West, was arrested […]

Is January 23 vote on sewer agreement still planned?

Is Ascension’s Parish Council still planning the vote to approve/deny the proposed agreement with Ascension Sewer, LLC on January 23?  When will the requisite “public meeting” to elicit comment, educate, proselytize…(or whatever it is the council had in mind) be conducted? On December 20, a Friday night five days before Santa’s scheduled visit, citizens packed the […]

AP Schools announces leadership appointments

Donaldsonville, La. — Ascension Public Schools announces the appointments of school and district leaders. Edith Walker is the district’s new Chief Instructional Director; Dina Davis is the district’s new Director of Middle Schools; Christina Carter is the new Associate Principal of St. Amant High School; and Valerie Hall is the new Assistant Principal of St. Amant High […]

Casso retains chair in 7-3 vote

Teri Casso has retained the chair of Ascension’s Parish Council by a 7-3 margin.  Three votes went to Chase Melancon.  Each of Casso’s multi-term colleagues supported Casso… Along with three individuals attending their first ever meeting as elected members… Not pictured: Alvin Thomas. Joel Robert, Chase Melancon and Michael Mason comprised the minority vote. Councilman […]

Cointment sworn in with substantial administrative changes anticipated

In a break with tradition newly-inaugurated Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment began his administration with a swearing in ceremony at Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Banquet Room on Monday; and not at Donaldsonville’s historic west bank courthouse.  That is in keeping with his campaign promise of change in the form of governmental transparency and accountability to […]

Cointment and council members-elect to be sworn in this morning

Parish President-Elect Clint Cointment and 11 newly-elected members of the next Parish Council are set to be sworn into office this morning at 10:00 a.m. Ceremonies will be held at Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Banquet Room.

2019’s worst expenditures

No. 1:  Council votes to pay Matassa’s $231,829 legal bill Who didn’t see this coming?  Even those 15,080 citizens who cast their bal(lot) for/with Kenny Matassa to succeed Tommy Martinez as Ascension’s fourth different parish president on November 21, 2015 cannot be surprised.  The vote on December 5 (supposed to be the last council meeting […]

Why did council add another $100,000 for Ernst & Young?

With the vote on a controversial sewer treatment contract, highly-flawed and concealed from public view until recently, on hold until January 23, 2020; why did the Parish Council appropriate another $100,000 for Ernst & Young to do whatever it is they’re doing? The agenda item leading to the vote pictured above: (6) Authorization to increase […]