Is Orgeron the new Satterlee (in the bag for Bernhard)?

EDITOR’s NOTE:  Is newly-elected District 4 Councilman Corey Orgeron “in the bag” for Bernhard Capital Partners/Ascension Sewer, just like his predecessor was?  Our concerns are predicated upon the highlighted excerpt of Orgeron’s offering below (which appeared on his campaign Facebook page only moments ago).  (Emphasis added). Corey Orgeron – Ascension Parish Council District 4 As […]

The PEOPLE won on Friday; Sewer deal DENIED, rescheduled for January 23

The power of THE PEOPLE was evidenced last night as their Parish Council postponed the momentous decision, whether or NOT to approve a controversial agreement with Bernhard Capital Partners-backed Ascension Sewer, LLC.  The PEOPLE showed up in force, unhappy and unwilling to endure lectures or pontification from Ascension officials, elected or not.  Anticipated to be an […]

Shadowy sewer negotiations the fault of Chairwoman Casso

The time for modern sewer in Ascension Parish has come.-Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee (December 8, 2015) Those words were spoken during a Special Meeting of the Parish Council to consider Ascension Environmental, the Public Private Partnership proposed by GSA Consulting Engineers and a consortium of companies supposed to deliver the goods, i.e. sanitary sewer for east bank […]

Ascension Sewer: Why the rush (and who’s pushing it)

A cursory review of the latest draft of the proposed contract between Ascension Sewer, LLC and the parish reveals numerous changes to the Construction and Operating Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (“the Agreement”) since the Parish Council Utilities Committee last met.  That is a good thing since the first draft was so one-sided in favor of Ascension Sewer that the parish’s continued […]

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 […]