Sheriff Webre on brother’s candidacy: “I do not support his decision to run”

I learned for the first time this morning after he qualified that my brother Rick Webre is running for Parish President. I immediately met with him and let him know that I do not support his decision to run. I want to reiterate my statement from earlier this year: I am running in my own […]

Ascension hires Utilities Director; scrambling to decide fate of east bank sewer

Apparently, Ascension Parish has a new Utilities Director after nearly three years since President Kenny Matassa fired the last one, Bill Depew in October 2016.  Gavin Fleming was introduced by Infrastructure Division Director William Daniel at Tuesday’s meeting of the Utilities Committee.  Daniel, scrambling to meet deadlines for the full council to vote on an […]

$4.436 Million bid accepted for New River improvements; Laurel Ridge Levee project in limbo

East Ascension Drainage Board accepted the lowest responsive bid (out of three) for New River Channel Improvements on Monday.  The project had gone through several permutations since February 2017 when H. Davis Cole engineers presented four options to replace the weir located behind Walmart in Gonzales.  B & K Construction’s $4,436,166 bid bested a $10 […]

Pettit: Monumental sewer decisions should be left to newly-elected officials in 2020

I watched last Thursday’s meeting of the Parish Council with outrage and disgust.  For a private engineer to withhold the draft of an ordinance on allowable fill material, establishing elevation requirements for all construction from two council members was outrageous.  Deeming subdivision developers as “primary stakeholders” worthy of a seat at the table while prohibiting […]

Qualifying for October 12 elections this week (Tuesday-Thursday)

Bridget Hanna, Clerk of Court for Ascension Parish, announced this week the dates for qualifying as a candidate for the October 12, 2019 election.  Qualifying will be held on August 6th, 7th and 8th, from 8:30 a.m.  until 4:30 p.m.  at the Clerk’s Office located at 815 E. Worthey St., Gonzales, or 300 Houmas St., […]

Don’t blame Judge Jessie LeBlanc for Matassa/Council gaffe

We told you so! (Again) Don’t blame Judge Jessie LeBlanc for temporarily enjoining Ascension Parish from enforcing a resolution to ban fill material in flood zones A/AE. The Temporary Restraining Order expires, by law, in ten days meaning the Parish must show cause “why a Preliminary Injunction” should not be granted until a trial can […]

Combat veteran Ryan Beissinger announces Campaign for House District 88

Ryan Beissinger, a decorated U.S. Army combat veteran and systems engineer now working in the petrochemical industry, announced today that he will seek to fill the house seat in district 88 being vacated by Rep. John Berthelot. “As a combat helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, my soldiers and I took the […]

White Label or Manufacture? Stocking the shelves of a new retail business

There are a lot of things to think about when starting a new retail business. Sometimes big dreams are shut down simply at the idea of the amount of work that has to be done just to open the doors — not to mention the amount of work required after the doors open. Naturally, when […]

Homebuilders/Developers have input on Fill Ordinance (citizens do not)

Glenn Shaheen of GSA Consulting Engineers was, according to the published agenda, supposed to lead a “Presentation and Discussion of Fill Ordinance” at Thursday’s Ascension Parish Council meeting.  Instead, Shaheen and Kimberly Koehl offered nary a single detail about the ordinance being crafted behind close doors by a “Fill Ordinance Committee” impaneled by President Kenny […]

Sheriff Webre streamlines communications, combats contraband for officer safety at the parish jail

Ascension’s growing population is a frequent topic of discussion; more particularly, how to mitigate the additional strain on already insufficient infrastructure.  Roundabouts are proposed to move traffic, T-Buildings add classroom space as school enrollment climbs…Hardly ever discussed are those infrastructure pieces we’ve all come to take for granted; like law enforcement. “Like every other branch […]