Different Philosophies: Personnel interviews Planning Commission applicants

Four applicants for three Planning/Zoning Commission seats interviewed with the Ascension Council Personnel Committee on Tuesday; three of them currently serving. The terms of Chairman Matthew Pryor, Commissioners Wade Schexnaydre and Ken Firmin, expire on Friday (February 8) with Personnel’s recommendations scheduled to be taken up by the full Council on Thursday.  Declared candidate for […]

82 residential units proposed in Gonzales, Commission demands more information

Ross Berthelot, two months after the parish Planning Commission denied his 105-lot subdivision proposed at the intersection of Cannon/Roddy, took his smug half-a-mile north on Irma Blvd to Gonzales City Hall on Monday.  His company, Berthelot Holdings, is proposing “42 single family residential lots…on Pecan Grove Avenue,” 200′ from the elementary school of the same […]

Memo to new Council Chair: Two parish department heads serving illegally

John Adams once defined republic as “a government of laws, and not of men.”  Ascension’s president and parish council seem unaware of the concept built into the constitutions, both Louisiana’s and the nation’s founding document.  Oh, to be sure, the council has no problem enacting legislation; but adherence to/enforcement of inconvenient laws is simply ignored. […]

Federal suit ongoing, Moses Black seeks reinstatement to GPD in state court

Moses Black’s employment with Gonzales Police Department was terminated in December of 2016 “in a flippant and retaliatory manner” according to argument presented to Judge Jessie LeBlanc on Thursday.  Gonzales PD’s countered that Black had “avoided the chain of command” in conducting an “unauthorized investigation” into ticket writing practices by another officer, risking “complete chaos […]

Ascension taxpayers picking up AWT/Tom Pertuit’s fine?

Ascension Parish hired William Daniel to be its Infrastructure Division Director, a position created with him in mind, in October of 2017.  Daniel has stated on several occasions that he was brought on to bring sanitary sewer to the parish’s east bank where new subdivision’s pump more, and more, and more treated wastewater into the […]

Ralph’s Market, Creative Cajun Cooking display wares at Lamar Dixon Food Fest on Sunday

Two iconic local brand, Ralph’s Market and Creative Cajun Cooking, highlight Food Fest for a second day at Lamar Dixon Expo Center from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. on Sunday. “It’s almost too much to take in…almost,” said patron, Jeff Pettit whose appetite for all things gustatory was sated by a never ending supply of […]

Graves present for Ascension/Livingston flood mitigation agreement

The “mutual devastation” experienced by Ascension and Livingston parishes in 2016 flooding has created “sensitivity when any project proposes to move water from one place to another” according to Congressman Garret Graves.  Graves facilitated negotiations between the parishes to stay Livingston’s lawsuit enjoining Ascension from proceeding to construction of the long-awaited Laurel Ridge Levee extension.  Parish […]

Five Ascension Parish students honored by LSU Law for Spring 2019

BATON ROUGE — Five Ascension Parish natives were named Dean’s Scholars and Paul M. Hebert Scholars by the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center for the Spring 2019 semester. Brooke Bahlinger, Erik Tadda Jr., Maci Gauthier and Addison Hollis are among 79 students to be named Dean’s Scholars. Ashley Delaune is among 56 students to […]

HNTB’s Transportation Plan: Another $800,000 wasted

$800,000 worth of funding allocated in 2016, HNTB engineers assigned task of producing a long-range Transportation Master Plan for Ascension Parish was put on the back burner when a $25 million bond was retired, then re-issued to fund MoveAscension’s roundabouts and safety widening of select parish roads.  The firm is back on task, presenting an update at […]

Road Development Districts enacted by Parish Council

Enabling legislation passed by the state legislature in 2014, set to expire in 2024, Ascension’s Council codified Road Infrastructure Development Districts for new subdivisions by acclamation Thursday.  Development Districts are intended to shift road maintenance cost to new residents who will pay annual fees or Ascension will refuse to accept. Since the current Parish Council’s […]