LAME-duck council legacy is BANKRUPTCY if Ascension Sewer deal gets done

Did the Ole’ Chicken Doctor pull a fast one? Ascension’s Parish Council is scheduled to approve (or deny) a 46-page Construction, Operating and Cooperative Endeavor Agreement, along with eight appendices on Thursday.  The contractual terms have never been discussed publicly, not the ones that will bankrupt the parish anyway.  That’s how one-sided (against the parish and […]

Record-setting early voting numbers changing Ascension political landscape

Early/absentee voting in Ascension continues to spike, every gubernatorial/legislative/parish-wide ballot since October 24, 2015 has seen the numbers climb.  A record number of Ascension Parish voters exercised the franchise early for the October 12 Primary Election; a record shattered by those voting early for Saturday’s (November 16) General Election.  It is attributable to Oak Grove […]

Ten questions posed to Ascension Sewer; three answers

A few hours before it appeared by the Parish Council Utilities Committee on October 8, we received a press release from Ascension Sewer, LLC touting the economic windfall of its plan.  Hiring Dr. James Richardson, Alumni Professor of Economics and Public Administration at Louisiana State University to make its case, the whole pitch was based on manipulable numbers. […]

Murphy Painter’s half-baked blackmail attempt

The morning of August 7, the second day to qualify for October 12’s primary election date, a messenger sent by Murphy Painter arrived at your writer’s house mid-morning. “Murphy asked me to give you this… …and tell you he’d like to meet today,” this mutual friend passed along his message and the thumb drive pictured […]

13 months later: SSA Consultants delivers Job Qualifications for top positions (but no job descriptions)

Cristel Slaughter and the gang from SSA Consultants were back before Ascension Parish Council Finance Committee on Tuesday, this time recommending a series of qualifications for all parish personnel positions subject to ratification by the Council.  Hired over 13 months ago to write job descriptions for every employee and establish a performance management program; the […]

Ascension’s first Stormwater Manager out in less than six months. How’d he last that long?

Oh, Malcolm, we hardly knew ye! Introduced by Infrastructure Director William Daniel in April, Ascension’s first ever Stormwater Program Manager Malcolm Sayes almost made it six months.  In a recent group email sent from Parish Government, the alert was included almost matter-of-factly.  Dated September 30, that email closed with: Malcom Sayes is no longer with […]

Aaron Lawler supports Higher Density residential for Ascension

Reading Councilman Aaron Lawler’s latest social media diatribe against an unnamed candidate, we are reminded of the adage (variously attributed to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, you can’t go wrong there): ‘Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Lawler, to the delight of Kim Christy […]

Corey “the Bald-Faced Liar” Orgeron is at it again

Since a certain District 4 candidate has seen fit to drag your editor into his disinformation campaign, see below, we decided to join the discourse.  If we were in the habit of sugar-coating things we’d say of Corey Orgeron; “he’s got a penchant for hyperbole and a tenuous grasp of the facts.”  Since we aren’t, […]

AG opines that power to approve subdivision may be taken away from Planning Commission

O’Neil Parenton’s attempt to game the system nothwithstanding, Louisiana’s Attorney General opined that Ascension’s Planning Commission could be stripped of its power to approve subdivision preliminary plats by amendment of the Home Rule Charter. The AG opined nine months after receiving Ascension’s request that posed two questions: Can Ascension Parish Council through a Charter Amendment […]

Matassa’s new lawyers have already pocketed $268,309…and counting

On July 9 the Council’s Finance Committee recommended “an additional amount of $260,000.00, for a total contract not to exceed amount of $460,000.00” for Roedel Parson law firm. The Baton Rouge firm’s contract with Ascension includes “ACUD#1, ACUD#2, Parish Utilities of Ascension, West Ascension Drainage, personnel matters and general legal services.” By July 18 President Kenny […]