Road work commencing on Hwy 44/Conway subdivision

  Work has begun along Hwy 44, south of Gonzales, with crews staging pipe intended to move storm water in/around Conway subdivision to its natural outflow, Bayou Conway.  That is according to Louisiana DOTD. The project was noticed by DOTD four months ago: The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LA DOTD) proposes improvements to […]

Chase Melancon announces candidacy for Parish Council-District 6

My name is Chase Melancon and I am running for District 6, Ascension Parish Council. With the love and support of my wife, Brooklynn, this difficult decision was made easy.  I want to preserve Ascension for our three beautiful children; Kinsey (11), Conley (5), Cruz (1)…and their children.  Sitting idly by, hoping for the best, […]

By the numbers: 70% of Major Subdivisions located in Flood Hazard Areas

On February 7 an ordinance was proposed for Ascension Council consideration: “…to impose temporary restriction on the placement of fill for major and minor subdivisions in all unincorporated areas of the Ascension Parish not designated as Zone X by the most recent FEMA Flood Maps for Ascension Parish…” As with similar proposals, those even hinting […]

Continuing the Conversation: Clint Cointment

Clint Cointment was joined by supporters at Gonzales’ Clarion Inn Thursday night preparatory to launching his campaign for Ascension’s parish presidency.  Cointment struck a familiar chord, hearkening back to 2015 when he came up 117 votes shy of electoral victory.  He employed campaign signage from that grassroots effort “because nothing has changed in Ascension Parish […]

Three Planning/Zoning commissioners reappointed by Parish Council

Ascension’s Planning and Zoning Commission is comprised of seven members, appointed to staggered two year terms so that (re)appointments are necessary every year.  On February 8 the terms of three sitting commissioners (Matthew Pryor, Wade Schexnaydre, and Ken Firmin) expired.  All three were reappointed by the Parish Council on Thursday. Schexnaydre was the top-ranked of […]

Council agenda amended (again) to pad GSA’s bank account further

Apparently, President Kenny Matassa’s administration no longer issues Requests for Proposal/Qualification when doling out millions to his favorite engineering firm.  10 months left until Matassa is out of office and he is starting to remember who his friends really are.  A last minute addition to Thursday’s Council meeting agenda: (12) Approval to amend the Utilities […]

Kim Christy: Is Council’s new-found urgency on drainage SMOKE and MIRRORS?

The Strategic Planning Committee was tasked with evaluating the effects of an ordinance proposing a six month moratorium on fill in the flood plain.  Strategic Planning did not pass the ordinance.  However, they exhibited a sense of urgency in having engineering firm HNTB present again what was presented in May 2018 to the EA Drainage […]

Committee delays Fill Ordinance another month; nixes moratorium without vote

Offering a scaled-down version of the presentation she had given on May 7, 2018, Melissa Kennedy of HNTB engineers told Ascension Council’s Strategic Planning Committee it would take “about $2 million (and) 18 months” to figure out all the parish’s drainage complexities.  On Monday she appeared for a “Discussion of Limit of Floodplain Management Fill” […]

20 months/845 lots later and STILL no action on Drainage Impact Studies

When Councilman Oliver Joseph gavels tonight’s Strategic Planning Committee meeting to order it will begin his tenure as the committee’s chairman.  It will have been 20 months since the committee took up ineffectual Drainage Impact Studies required of every new subdivision development without any action whatever being taken by the Parish Council.  A mere nine […]

Parish Engineer appears at Special Meeting in Sorrento

When it comes to drainage/flooding issues the Town of Sorrento finds itself at the mercy of Ascension Parish…except for Tuesday night when Mayor Mike Lambert called a Special Meeting to discuss Flood Damage Prevention.  For a few years President Kenny Matassa has ignored invitations from Sorrento’s Council desperate to resolve any number of drainage-related issues.  […]