Murphy Painter’s opportunism and why it’s bad for Ascension

Murphy Painter is a walking, talking persecution complex; wrapped in delusions of grandeur secured by ribbons of paranoia.  And, after three decades of maneuvering for the job of Ascension Parish Sheriff, he wants to be parish president.  Painter, essentially an out-of-work private investigator… has nothing to lose; which cannot be said of parish residents frustrated […]

Matassa’s “official” Reasons for Veto of Fill Ordinance

Dear Chairwoman Casso and Ascension Parish Council Members: I am hereby informing you of my decision to veto the amendments to The Unified Land Development Code, Appendix V-Drainage ordinance by you on May 16, 2019.  I have made this decision after considerable analysis and discussion with staff and consultants concerning the implementation and impacts of […]

Lawler’s public opposition should secure Todd Lambert’s return to Council

A man is known by the company he keeps.-Aesop District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler’s ongoing attempts to carve out influence on a parish council, the majority of which loathes and detests him at present, has seen him cozy up to  every member save Doc Satterlee at one time or another.  To watch Lawler pander to […]

Wanna sell your vote for pothole fix? Call Dempsey Lambert

You know there must be contested Parish Council election in the offing when, seemingly random, newly-laid blacktop starts showing up.  No incumbent has mastered the art of Police Jury politics, supposed to be a relic of Ascension’s bygone rural, parochial past. If  Demspey Lambert, 15+ years in office, understands one thing about local politics it […]

If it enrages Pendarvis can it be all bad? 3′ cap on fill adopted

If it frustrates the development community to the point of muttering veiled threats on their way out the door, can it be all bad?  One of Ascension’s land barons, Dempsey Pendarvis, angrily exited the Courthouse Annex in Gonzales on Thursday after a unanimous vote to cap fill material at three feet, period; an admittedly arbitrary […]

Blind Faith? Ascension’s latest foray into east bank sewer treatment

Without a word of comment from President Kenny Matassa or his administration, not a syllable out of ten Parish Council members, a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) with Ascension Sewer, LLC was approved at Thursday’s meeting.  The company is a self-styled “consortium” cobbled together by Bernhard Capital Partners which includes two engineering firms (GSA Consulting Engineers […]

Jeff Pettit: Sewer agreement another bad deal for Ascension

Sight unseen the Council Utilities Committee recommended a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with “a consortium” of interests put together by Bernhard Capital Partners to undertake “East Bank Regional (Sewer) System.”  If adopted by the Council tonight the parish will be stuck with Ascension Sewer, LLC and its four participating companies for at least 25 months as […]

First Anniversary: Jamestown Crossing (sausage-making at its finest)

One year ago today Ascension’s Planning Commission approved Jamestown Crossing (two phases), 172 lots on either side of Hwy 930.  It was the last plat approval before the Parish Council enacted a stringent Traffic Impact Analysis policy that would have, in all probability, killed the project.  Hwy 930, a substandard roadway, runs into one of Ascension’s busiest, Hwy […]

Traffic Impact Analysis in action: Evelyn Estates approval conditioned on intersection improvements

Evelyn Estates, a 43-lot subdivision proposed on 24.75 acres north of Cornerview Road and half-a-mile east of Hwy 73 received preliminary plat approval from a unanimous Planning Commission on Wednesday.  The approval was conditioned upon major improvements at two intersections which, more likely than not, means the subdivision will never be built. “If, in return […]

Oliver Joseph predicts changes to Parish Council with election five months away

As a unanimous Utilities Committee recommended the latest effort to bring sanitary sewer treatment to east bank Ascension, it was the inimitable Councilman Oliver Joseph who put things into proper political perspective.  As a 24-month Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between the parish’s Ascension Consolidated Utilities District #2 and a four-company conglomerate was forwarded to the […]