Why are we paying $249,000 to engineer of unfunded Lamar Dixon gym expansion?

An item was added to Thursday’s Ascension Parish Council Consent Agenda. Item (s) on Consent Agenda –Approval of contract amendment for Meyers Engineering not to exceed $249,000 for Phase II of the Lamar Dixon Expo Gymnasium Expansion (Recreation Committee Recommendation) Back in October the same committee recommended issuance of $3 million worth of bonds to […]

Can EA Drainage clean Sorrento ditches? Yes

Sorrento’s Councilman Donald Schexnaydre has pushed for answers to persistent drainage problems where budget constraints leave the town at East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1’s (commonly referred to as “EA Drainage Board”) mercy.  Three months ago Schexnaydre posed a simple question.  On December 4, 2018 Schexnaydre made a motion to seek an opinion from […]

Pelican Post endorsement: Dr. Daniel Satterlee

My first encounter with Dr. Daniel Satterlee was acrimonious.  Nearly six years ago I covered a meeting of Ascension’s Planning Commission where the District 4 Councilman led a large contingent, some constituents and some not, opposed to a tennis club planned with access through a Prairieville neighborhood.  To a cynic like me Satterlee’s passionate opposition […]

No brainer: PACE Center should be located at Heritage Crossing

Tomorrow morning Gonzales’ Industrial Development Board is scheduled to make its site recommendation for a new Performing Arts, Conference & Events (PACE) Center to the City Council.  Three applicants responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued in January but only one was truly responsive.  For that, and many other reasons, Heritage Crossing should be the choice. […]

What does EA Drainage have to hide?

Those of us who regularly file records requests with Ascension Parish Government know that damning information will be withheld under the guise of Attorney-Client privilege.  The shroud of secrecy is often applied to mask inconvenient truths tending to make the parish president and his administration lackeys (this includes half the elected Parish Council) bad, or […]

Sure sounds like Quota [GPD internal memo for DWI/Seat Belt grant]

  Has Gonzales PD established a quota system for issuance of DWI/No Seat Belt citations?  Sure sounds like it:  

Failure to address drainage issues disgraceful

If Ascension’s Council spent as much time seeking answers to parish drainage deficiencies as it does stumbling around, groping for excuses to justify the indefensible delay, something of value could have been accomplished over the 31 months since the last Great Flood.  A Floodplain Management Plan, updated legislation regulating fill material in new subdivision which […]

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 […]

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.  […]