Strategic Planning recommends limiting fill to three feet, rigorous Drainage Impact Study policy

Delayed for ten months by fiat of EA Drainage Board Chairman Dempsey Lambert, anti-flooding measures proposed by HNTB engineers were taken up by Ascension’s Council Strategic Planning Committee last week.  The committee, with Vice Chair Randy Clouatre wielding the gavel in Chairman Oliver Joseph’s stead, recommended all proposed changes to the full council, bypassing EA […]

The Cabin updates hours of operation

  The Cabin has updated its hours of operation.  We are now open for lunch Monday-Saturday; 11:00 am-3:00 pm The Cabin is busier these days handling many event and will focus our evenings on taking great care of our weddings, parties and all of our other events’ guests.  We’ll be taking a much needed rest on […]

One year ago today: Revisiting Oak Grove Townhouses debacle

One year ago today Ascension’s Planning Commission reversed itself, completing the most egregious betrayal of the public trust ever perpetrated by that appointed body.  There is ample blame to go around, not limited to four commissioners who approved Oak Grove Townhouses on March 14, 2018 after the panel denied the plat on November 8, 2017.  One individual, […]

Here we go again. Utilities Committee takes up East Bank Sewer

“I done seen all this before, I’ve heard all this before,” Councilman Oliver Joseph dismissed the newest effort to bring sanitary sewer to east bank Ascension Parish. “Not from me,” responded Infrastructure Director William Daniel confidently. Unveiled at Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council Utilities Committee, the new plans look just like the old plans; […]

Sorrento extends subdivision moratorium; makes demand on EA Drainage

With a six-month moratorium on Major and Minor Subdivisions set to expire, Sorrento’s Town Council unanimously approved an extension of three months on Monday. The town hired former Ascension Parish Planning Director Ricky Compton to revamp its zoning map and update its development ordinances to mirror the parish’s since Ascension oversees certain functions, permitting being one, […]

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 […]

Court upholds firing of Gonzales Police Officer

Judge Jessie LeBlanc upheld the December 2, 2016 firing of Officer Moses Black by Gonzales Chief of Police Sherman Jackson last week.  With Black’s civil rights lawsuit pending in Louisiana’s Middle District (Federal) Court, his quest for reinstatement to Gonzales Police Department has come to an end. “I did what I thought was right based […]

Heritage Crossing: Cultural focal point for region

If you remember when the City of Gonzales’ southern boundary was Hwy 30, the acreage in the southwest corner of its intersection with Hwy 44 has always piqued your curiosity.  An open field annexed into the city along with the new I-10 exit at Hwy 44 in the mid-1970s, the land now lies in the […]