$10.6 million in Drainage funds transferred to MoveAscension road initiative

On Monday a unanimous (three of the ten Commissioners were not present) East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District approved a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement whereby $10,674,865 of dedicated drainage tax revenue would be transferred to the MoveAscension road improvement initiative.  The agreement will have to be approved by the Parish Council, ten of whose members double as Drainage […]

Kathy Edmonston wins House seat in a nailbiter

Kathy Edmonston returns to public office with a threadbare 294-vote margin over Brandon Trosclair in the runoff election for Louisiana House of Representatives District 88 seat.  Edmonston formerly served on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) before opting against a reelection bid.  When outgoing District 88 seat-holder, and former Gonzales Mayor Johnny Berthelot, decided not to […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of November 4-8

During the week of November 4 – November 8, 2019, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court: Ascension Parish: Philip Sanders, 14180 Hwy 44 Gonzales, LA., age 41, pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession with Intent to […]

Trosclair: Drainage and roads begins with draining the swamp

House Bill 2 is the bill that allocates infrastructure and road projects throughout the state. Whether it is a major highway expansion or a smaller maintenance project, it will show up in the ‘capital outlay’ bill. $767 million of projects were deemed ‘Priority 1’ last year, which means they are ‘shovel ready’ and ready to be […]

Utilities grappling with Ascension Sewer agreement (will resolution come before new council sworn in?)

Three decades and counting, Ascension’s efforts to bring sanitary sewer to the east bank are ongoing.  Everyone seems to agree, with potential EPA/DEQ consent decrees a real possibility, that this particular piece of the infrastructure puzzle is a must.  How best to go about it, though, is a matter of contention with which the Parish […]

Kim Christy taking on incumbent, and special interests

For the first time in Ascension’s quarter-century experiment with Home Rule, seven elections in all, five Parish Council incumbents lost reelection bids, a sixth chose not to qualify.  That means majority turnover of the 11-member panel with one runoff election between the District 7 incumbent (Aaron Lawler) and challenger, Kim Christy, to be decided on […]

Record-setting early voting numbers changing Ascension political landscape

Early/absentee voting in Ascension continues to spike, every gubernatorial/legislative/parish-wide ballot since October 24, 2015 has seen the numbers climb.  A record number of Ascension Parish voters exercised the franchise early for the October 12 Primary Election; a record shattered by those voting early for Saturday’s (November 16) General Election.  It is attributable to Oak Grove […]

Taxpayers now paying two law firms, neither approved by council, in Matassa lawsuit

It was business as usual for Ascension’s Parish Council, a majority of whose membership will have been unseated by January’s first meeting, as six perfunctory Industrial Tax Exemptions were approved without discussion of any kind.  Two Road Infrastructure (taxing) Districts were introduced so that existing taxpayers are not on the hook to maintain Jamestown Crossing […]

Runoff on November 16; will the real Aaron Lawler please stand up?

On March 21 Councilman Todd Lambert decried “a deal cut back in the day” whereby nearly $3 million would be allocated for a new gym at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (Council Travis Turner’s pet project) “if the soccer fields (Councilman Aaron Lawler’s ideal) get built.”  The merits of either project aside, Lambert had an undeniable […]

Grand Jury finds no evidence of rapes “covered up”

The District Attorney’s Office initiated an investigation, including convening a grand jury, into allegations of rape allegedly “covered up” thirty years ago.  These allegations came to light after the Pelican Post online posted recorded statements allegedly made by Murphy Painter.  The District Attorney’s office has found no evidence of any unreported rapes, or rape cases […]