Sewer negotiations at standstill, Cointment should focus on drainage

Six months ago today Parish President Clint Cointment and six new council members were sworn into office for the first time, joining five council incumbents.  As with any new administration there was a settling in period, lengthened in his case when his predecessor denied access to Cointment’s Transition Team.   Half-a-year in and little attention has […]

Sewer proposal would create rate-setting Board consisting of non-Ascension Parish majority

Pursuant to a recommendation by the Corey “One Apple” Orgeron-chaired Utilities Committee comes Item 6(r) on Tuesday’s Video Conference Parish Council meeting: Approval of a five-person ACUD#2 Advisory Board (Utilities Committee Recommendation) It is a precursor to the Council’s consideration of allowing three individuals residing outside of Ascension Parish to set monthly wastewater treatment rates […]

What is Corey “One Apple at a Time” Orgeron going to do now?

The depth of Corey “One Apple at a Time” Orgeron’s hypocrisy will be plumbed tonight.  On Monday, from his Utilities Committee chair, Orgeron explained why he would not vote to appropriate $200,000 for President Clint Cointment’s administration to explore inspection/monitoring of Individual Treatment Units (separate and apart from those subdivision systems served by private wastewater […]

Cointment: Council members “manipulating process” in favor of Bernhard

NOTE:  Ascension President Clint Cointment made the following social media post in response to Monday’s meeting of the Parish Council Utilities Committee.  The committee, comprised of Chairman Corey Orgeron and four colleagues (Councilmen Alvin “Coach” Thomas, Joel Robert, Aaron Lawler and Travis Turner who was absent Monday), rejected the Cointment administration’s call for funding for […]

Residents of new subdivision disappointed in Hwy 73 property’s rezone to commercial

On February 12, 2014 the residential subdivision preliminary plat for The Hollows of Dutchtown was considered and approved by Ascension’s Planning Commission.  The unanimous commission did so over the objections of five citizens with property abutting the new development who voiced the all too familiar concerns about drainage and traffic impact; adding concerns over privacy being […]

Has Ascension reached a turning point in residential subdivision construction?

LEGEND:  Conservation, Rural, Medium Intensity Residential, Heavy Industry Hidden Lakes Subdivision, if approved by the Planning Commission on Wednesday, will consist of 81 residential lots sited on 188 acres in the northeast corner of Ascension Parish.  Zoned “R” for Rural, two lots per acre are permitted as opposed to Medium Residential (RM) which allows three lots per acre in […]

Orgeron leaves Casso holding the bag as Sewer Committee disbanding after one (official) meeting

Mercifully, the six-member committee created to negotiate with Ascension Sewer, LLC is on its way to oblivion, said committee having unanimously voted to disband at its first and only meeting on Tuesday.  It was an awful idea from inception, made worse when half of the six -member team conducted an April 30 Zoom conference with […]

Sewer Committee making sausage with Bernhard behind closed doors

According to Ascension Parish’s governmental website there is a Sewer Committee Meeting scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  Curiously, no meeting agenda or packet is currently posted along with the notification.  More curious still, there had been an agenda which was deleted for some reason (see image above). The committee is comprised of Councilman Corey […]

Taxpayers were not supposed pay for new courthouse (the $3 Million council resolution)

Below you will find the resolution, unadulterated and in its entirety, whereby Ascension’s Parish Council seeks to offer up $3,000,000 for, in part, “Audio Visual Equipment for the Courtrooms at the New Courthouse.”  This project was pitched from its inception under former President Kenny Matassa (recall Judge Jason Verdigets’ recusal in the criminal case because […]

Bernhard’s Baudier just muddied up Ascension’s wastewater, time to scrap the agreement

Ascension Sewer/Bernhard Capital Partners’ (BCP) Jeff Baudier, with Tom Pertuit of Ascension Wastewater Treatment (AWT) in tow, reappeared before the Ascension Parish Council Utilities Committee on Tuesday.  Chairman Corey Orgeron’s agenda included three items related to companies’ attempt to undertake regional sewer treatment on Ascension’s east bank (with smatterings of East Baton Rouge, Livingston and […]