Cointment defends Orgeron against Pelican Post accusation

NOTE:  Below is the letter we received from Ascension’s president.  We stand by our reportage and will, should he care to review, provide evidence to President Cointment substantiating said reportage. We wrote that Utilities Chairman Corey Orgeron “positively rejected Cointment’s overtures to present a potential initiative entitled Clean Waterways in Ascension” before acquiescing at the last […]

Cointment administration proposes plan for Individual Sewer Treatment units to Utilities

Thursday marked the first meeting of the Parish Council’s Utilities Committee since a majority of the body’s 11 members were turned out of office, including the committee’s 2019 chairman.  Former Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee lost his seat to Corey Orgeron who would also succeed him in the Utilities Chair.  Orgeron’s first official act was a […]

Oak Grove Townhouse developer about to get $100,000 out of escrow

At Monday’s East Ascension Drainage meeting Councilman Aaron Lawler inquired about “the status of engineering/survey type work around Charleston Road/Jefferson Crossing/Willow Lakes area.”  DPW Director Ron Savoy did not have any good news for the area where substandard drainage could worsen as construction of Oak Grove Townhouses proceeds apace.   According to Savoy Hammett & Associates […]

Lambert retains chair of EA Drainage, Melancon elected Vice Chair

Dempsey Lambert, beginning his fifth term on the Parish Council, was re-elected to chair East Ascension Drainage Board on Monday, a post he has occupied since 2015.  Chase Melancon, who missed his first ever Drainage meeting as commissioner due to illness, was elected Vice Chair in absentia.  There’s a certain symmetry to the elections as […]

Cointment appoints John Diez as CAO, Randy Watts over HR

Parish President Clint Cointment announced appointments to fill two of eight administration positions subject to ratification by the parish council on Thursday.  John Diez was tabbed by Cointment to man “the No. 2 position” of Chief Administrative Officer, Randy Watts was introduced as Director of Human Resources during Cointment’s “President’s Report” for the January 23 council meeting. Amended on […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]