Groundbreaking for $28 million courthouse

Sheriff Jeff Wiley (retired), Judge Erin Lanoux, Judge Marilyn Lambert (retired), Judge Jason Verdigets, Clerk of Court Bridge Hanna, President Kenny Matassa, and Sheriff Bobby Webre.

A host of Ascension Parish officials joined Parish President Kenny Matassa Wednesday to officially break ground on the new courthouse being built on East Worthey Street in Gonzales, next to the Governmental Complex.

23rd JDC Public Defender Alan Robert, Judge A.J. Kling (retired), Judge Erin Lanoux, Judge Marilyn Lambert (retired) Judge Jason Verdigets, Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, Court of Appeals Judge Guy Holdridge, President Kenny Matassa, Judge Tess Stromberg, Judge Alvin Turner, and 23rd District Attorney Ricky Babin.

A committee comprised of President Matassa, Judge Jason Verdigets, Judge Marilyn Lambert, Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, and Sheriff Jeff Wiley organized back in 2017 to discuss the need for and possibility of building a new courthouse, because of security and space issues in the current facility. The group proposed a bond issue, to be repaid entirely by court fees, to finance the courthouse. This was adopted unanimously by the Ascension Parish Council at its meeting on August 3, 2017.

Councilman Bill Dawson, Architect Gerald “Jerry” Hebert II, Council Chairwoman Teri Casso, Judge Erin Lanoux, Judge Jason Verdigets, Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, President Kenny Matassa, Lemoine Company Vice President Mike Rice, Sheriff Bobby Webre, and Councilman John Cagnolatti.

GraceHebert Curtis was chosen as the architect and The Lemoine Company as general contractor. After the retirements of Judge Lambert and Sheriff Wiley, Judge Erin Lanoux and Sheriff Bobby Webre became members of the committee.

Senator Ed Price, Representative Johnny Berthelot, Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, Judge Erin Lanoux, Judge Jason Verdigets, Clerk of Court Bridget Hanna, President Kenny Matassa, Sheriff Bobby Webre, Assessor Mert Smiley, and Gonzales Chief of Police Sherman Jackson.

When completed, by the end of 2020, the new courthouse will measure 90,000 square feet, with state-of-the-art security features, and room to accommodate future growth. The total cost is $28 Million.

 

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