JBE outlines continued restrictions as Louisiana enters Phase 3

Gov. John Bel Edwards has released details of his proclamation moving Louisiana’s response to COVID-19 to Phase 3. Some businesses will be able to increase their occupancy, and bars may reopen subject to certain restrictions, only in parishes that do not have high incidence of illness and only if local governments choose to opt in. […]

$1 million in ballpark lighting, another $165,000 for gym, skate and dog parks approved by Recreation

Ascension’s newly-ratified Director of Planning and Facility Maintenance, Ricky Compton was on hand at Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council Recreation Committee to update several projects.  The parish’s three most heavily-used (Butch Gore, Stevens and St. Amant) parks will receive $1 million worth of lighting improvements.  Along with increases to the parish’s gym renovation contract and reassembly […]

P & Z Commission recommends approval of 60-condominium SPUD at Hwy 42/44

Ascension’s seven seat Planning/Zoning Commission is down to five as Wade Schexnaydre cast his final vote on Wednesday.  He was in the minority as a 4-2 margin recommended approval of the Small Planned Unit Development (SPUD), The Lakes at Henderson Bayou’s “60 two-story condominium units with approximately 66,120 square footage of building space.”  As with any […]

Subdivision plat pulled as acute drainage issues dominate Gonzales Planning/Zoning meeting

“I never had a problem with flooding before…and I didn’t need flood insurance,” said one long-time resident of Kennedy Heights Subdivision in Gonzales on Tuesday.  Gonzales’ Planning and Zoning Commission which was scheduled to consider two agenda items concerning a proposed subdivision on Orice Roth Rd.  The items were pulled but the public comments flowed […]

Ascension Council wants out of the sewer business

Ascension Parish is getting out of the business…if what appears to be a solid (maybe unanimous) Parish Council majority has its way.  Last week the council authorized $101,450 dollars to have the parish’s wastewater treatment systems, and the land upon which they rest, appraised by three separate companies.  Recent negotiations with/against Ascension Sewer/National Water Infrastructure […]

Council authorizes $95,000 (and counting), HOPING to recover $231,829 in Matassa criminal fees

A product of video conference Parish Council meetings, Christina Heck was forced to update the status of Ascension’s litigation against Berkley Insurance to recoup the $231,829 paid to former president Kenny Matassa’s criminal defense attorney.  Cross-Summary Judgment Motions having been decided in July by an Ad Hoc District Court Judge (filling the Division D seat […]

Compton ratified over Orgeron’s objection; Tureau and O’Deay unanimously approved

The embarrassment that is future one-term District 4 Councilman Corey Orgeron was at it again during Thursday’s video conference meeting of Ascension’s Parish Council.  Nine of his colleagues simply ignored Orgeron’s attempt to derail the ratification of Ricky Compton as the parish’s first Director of Planning and Facility Maintenance, while a tenth mounted a vigorous defense of Compton.  Joey […]

New courthouse nearing completion

Ascension’s new courthouse, being constructed on E. Worthey Road in Gonzales next to the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex, across the street from East Ascension High School, is proceeding apace.  The photo above was taken on August 22, compared to… Compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to… compared to…

36 fewer AP employees, $1.5 MILLION salary reduction since Cointment inaugurated

Ascension Parish President Clint Cointment inherited a bloated Personnel Roster from his predecessor, including 71 Part Time and 5 Temporary employees among 542 names.  In Kenny Matassa’s four-year tenure the number of employees grew from 397, exceeding 550 at one point, settling in at 542 when he exited the parish political stage.  Whether through natural […]

Gonzales Council authorizes purchase of Silverleaf properties (coming out $25,000 to the good)

The City of Gonzales has, so far, endured the COVID-19 “crisis” and a disjointed state/federal response while remaining within the budget adopted earlier this year according to CAO Scot Byrd.  Two months (April and May) saw significant sales tax revenue generation, the lifeblood of all city services, but not so drastic as feared.  If not […]