As Teri Casso enters her eighth year as the District 8 Parish Council representative she will do so as the body’s first female chair-person. After weeks of vote-wrangling Casso out-polled Councilman Benny Johnson who was voted into the Vice Chair without opposition in return for graceful concession of defeat. Two votes thought to swing the deal, Councilmen Daniel “Doc” Satterlee and Oliver Joseph, offered the nomination and second for Casso and the deal was done, the sausage was made.
“We’re a great example in our region, and we are certainly a great example for our children, both our little boys and, most importantly, our young girls,” Casso invoked the suffragist movement that led to the 19th Amendment to the Constitution whereby women gained the right to vote 100 years ago.
It was a great day for the sisterhood as Parish Court Judge Erin Lanoux had been sworn in a few hours earlier.
Obligatory pleasantries dispensed with, polite applause and self-congratulatory back-slapping concluded (the new chairwoman even soft-tossed President Kenny Matassa a compliment for all his dedication) Casso chaired her first meeting. Two ordinances affecting subdivision develop, both emanating from the Council’s Strategic Planning Committee, were adopted.
Requisite detention ponds in new subdivisions must now hold runoff from a 25-year storm, approximately ten inches of rain in a 24-hour period.
A second ordinance prohibits any contingencies/conditions (other than punch list items) on Final Subdivision Plats approved by the Planning Commission.