Six months and counting…AG has failed to provide opinion on Planning Commission

On October 19, 2018 Ascension’s Legal Counsel O’Neil Parenton drafted a letter addressed to Louisiana’s Attorney General.  It requested an opinion from the state’s chief legal officer, answers to two fairly straightforward questions; to-wit: Can Ascension Parish Council through a Charter Amendment make the Planning Commission advisory only for consideration of Major and Minor Subdivision […]

2019-20 Budget included on next Gonzales Council Agenda (4/22)

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN OF THE CITY OF GONZALES, STATE OF LOUISIANA, WILL BE HELD ON, MONDAY APRIL 22, 2019 AT 5:30 P.M. AT CITY HALL 120 S. IRMA BLVD AGENDA 1. Call to Order. 2. Invocation. 3. Pledge of Allegiance. 4. Roll Call. 5. Minutes of a Regular Meeting of […]

Joel Robert on proposed drainage ordinance: “Let’s get it right this time”

Coming upon the third anniversary of the worst disaster in Ascension Parish history, our elected council is finally getting around to enacting law aimed at preventing the next Great Flood.  That is not to mention day-to-day drainage problems which persist. Unfortunately, we have no way of knowing if the proposed ordinance will improve our drainage. […]

Female leader from BASF site in Geismar recognized nationally

BASF employee, Dana Scott, Maintenance and Technical Services Director in Geismar, Louisiana was among 130 women recognized nationally through The Manufacturing Institute’s 2019 STEP Ahead Awards. Focusing on science, technology, engineering and production (STEP), the program annually honors female leaders for their advocacy, mentorship, engagement and leadership in the industry. “Dana has truly paved the way for […]

Answers about fill material/BFE in short supply at Monday meeting

A good compromise leaves everybody mad.  –Calvin and Hobbes It seems that nobody, not regular citizens or the development community, not even the Parish Council members who will make the decision on Thursday, are all that happy about a parish-wide limitation of fill material to three feet.  An awful lot of questions without many answers, […]

Chase Melancon Campaign refuses “special interest” money

Supporters of Chase Melancon’s bid to unseat three-term District 6 Parish Council incumbent Randy Clouatre filled The Venue Saturday evening in an atmosphere unsullied by the specter of elected officialdom.  An impressive number of volunteers sported St. Amant HS black and gold campaign in support of Melancon’s grassroots effort eschewing contributions from “any special interest.”  Easier said than done […]

8 Council members put unnecessary gym before children’s safety

If District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler is to be believed, a risky proposition at best, eight Parish Council members put an unnecessary basketball gym before the safety of Ascension’s children.  On March 21 the vote was 8-3 to amend Ascension’s 2019 budget to loan $3 million ($2,780,000 of it for gym-related expenses at Lamar Dixon […]

$1.25 BILLION on 64 projects: The $800,000 Master Transportation Plan

Everybody got a plan ’til they get hit in the mouth-“Iron” Mike Tyson The knockout punch in HNTB’s $800,000 Master Transportation Plan was the $1.25 BILLION price-tag to fix East Ascension’s broken transportation network.    64 recommended projects, none of them funded, were enough stagger visitors to the Governmental Complex on Thursday, punch drunk as […]

Hwy 42/Old Jefferson intersection about to see a lot more traffic

One of Ascension’s busiest intersections is Hwy 42/Old Jefferson, a stone’s throw to the east of Airline Hwy in Prairieville.  And its about to get worse with two subdivisions gearing up for construction. The Meadows at Oak Grove occupies 70.4 acres north of Hwy 42, within a half-mile or so of Airline Hwy, where 212 single […]

Pay for east bank sewer now, or pay a lot more later

Citing Louisiana’s Department of Health on Tuesday, Ascension’s Infrastructure Division Director William Daniel told the Parish Council Utilities Committee that 17,000 “aerobic (sewer) treatment units” are operating in the parish.  And “there’s almost an equal number of old septic tanks,” none of which are operating so well.  Along with private treatment company customers they form […]