8 members for Casso bodes ill for Cointment presidency

8 (of 11) members sided with Teri Casso who was re-seated in Ascension’s Parish Council chair on Thursday, the first meeting since six new members (along with five incumbents) were sworn into office.  One need not be a numerologist to understand the significance of that number which portends ill for the administration of newly-inaugurated President […]

Casso retains chair in 7-3 vote

Teri Casso has retained the chair of Ascension’s Parish Council by a 7-3 margin.  Three votes went to Chase Melancon.  Each of Casso’s multi-term colleagues supported Casso… Along with three individuals attending their first ever meeting as elected members… Not pictured: Alvin Thomas. Joel Robert, Chase Melancon and Michael Mason comprised the minority vote. Councilman […]

Thursday Council agenda includes election of Chair/Vice Chair

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ASCENSION PARISH COUNCIL January 9, 2020 – 6:00 PM ASCENSION PARISH COURTHOUSE-Donaldsonville AGENDA (1) Call To Order / Invocation and Pledge (2) Roll Call (3) Chair’s Additions a. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman (4) Public Comment Sign- In Period (5) Parish President’s Report: (6) Consent Agenda a. Adoption of May […]

Cointment sworn in with substantial administrative changes anticipated

In a break with tradition newly-inaugurated Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment began his administration with a swearing in ceremony at Lamar Dixon Expo Center’s Banquet Room on Monday; and not at Donaldsonville’s historic west bank courthouse.  That is in keeping with his campaign promise of change in the form of governmental transparency and accountability to […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of December 26-January 1

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of December 26-January 2: December 26 arrests: Peggy Thomas, 56, 42385 Moody Dixon Rd, Prairieville was charged w/ Entry on or Remaining after being Forbidden, and Resisting an Officer; Lori Braud, 49, 13036 Deer St, Maurepas was charged w/ Theft, and Simple Criminal Damage to Property; David Cooper, 55, […]

Reserve man killed in New Year’s Day crash (Hwy 44/Pelican Point Parkway)

Unrestrained driver killed after rear-ending stopped vehicle Gonzales – Shortly before 7:00 am on January 1, 2020, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 44 south of LA Hwy 941 in Ascension Parish. The crash claimed the life of 57-year-old Kenneth Tregre of Reserve. The initial […]

2019’s worst expenditures

No. 1:  Council votes to pay Matassa’s $231,829 legal bill Who didn’t see this coming?  Even those 15,080 citizens who cast their bal(lot) for/with Kenny Matassa to succeed Tommy Martinez as Ascension’s fourth different parish president on November 21, 2015 cannot be surprised.  The vote on December 5 (supposed to be the last council meeting […]

APSO Arrest Report for the Week of December 19-26

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of December 19-26: December 19 arrests: Alfred Aultman, 55, 10033 Clark Rd-16, Geismar was charged w/ 2nd Degree Battery, and Domestic Abuse Battery; Meagan Blackwell, 32, 18340 Chris Dr, Prairieville was charged w/ Entry on or Remaining after being Forbidden, and Violations of Protective Orders; Elizabeth Dickson, 56, 22335 […]

Why did council add another $100,000 for Ernst & Young?

With the vote on a controversial sewer treatment contract, highly-flawed and concealed from public view until recently, on hold until January 23, 2020; why did the Parish Council appropriate another $100,000 for Ernst & Young to do whatever it is they’re doing? The agenda item leading to the vote pictured above: (6) Authorization to increase […]

It is time for Infrastructure Division Director to be removed

William Daniel, on the job as Ascension’s inaugural Infrastructure Division Director since the position’s creation in September 2017, has worn out his welcome and it’s time for him to go.  He has taken credit for bringing Bernhard Capital Partners to the table in the guise of Ascension Sewer, LLC, the four-company consortium it powers.  William […]