Orgeron: We’re going to be entering an agreement with NWI/Ascension Sewer

District 4 Councilman Corey Orgeron

Where does the proposed Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between Ascension Sewer/National Water Infrastructure (NWI) and Ascension Parish Government stand?

As the three-sided (NWI, President Clint Cointment’s administration and four members of the Parish Council) negotiation over east bank sewer treatment progresses, no details have issued since August 21.  That’s when NWI forwarded its latest proposal, eliciting a counter-proposal from Cointment and the council participants a few weeks ago.  Parish officials expected NWI’s response two days ago.

No details have been made public, and there has been no formal announcement of placement on a Council agenda for vote.  At the end of 2019 and early in 2020 two parish councils made a big deal about soliciting public input which has not occurred. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the deal is already done if Prairieville councilman Corey Orgeron knows what he’s talking about.

On Thursday the Council considered reallocation of $40,000 to engage an engineer to provide “additional design for construction” of existing sewer treatment capability in Darrow/Hillaryville.

“Are we wasting $40,000?” Orgeron asked of ongoing upgrades to the existing treatment system.  “We’re going to be entering an agreement with NWI.”

How would he know it?  Did he poll his colleagues in violation of Louisiana Open Meetings Law?

Appointed to a position (Utilities Committee Chairman) from which he could exercise some control over the negotiations, Orgeron bungled it so badly that his committee’s participation was ended.  Council Chairwoman Teri Casso omitted Orgeron from the current roster of Council negotiators in favor of Aaron Lawler, Chase Melancon and Dal Waguespack.

And, now, the future one-term councilman is putting out mixed messages.  In response to President Cointment’s recent public statement…

Cointment: Will NOT support sewer agreement without voter approval

a delusional Orgeron, in a pathetic bit at self-aggrandizement, wrote:

Corey Orgeron Finally, we are in agreement. Not sure why Mr. Cointment opposed my attempt to have the vote go before the public this December at our last council meeting; however, now that he is onboard, I will again seek to add a vote of the people on the council agenda tomorrow night. I look forward to his co-sponsoring a motion to have the public decide.

Orgeron NEVER attempted to have the proposed Cooperative Endeavor Agreement “go before the public.”  He did push a meaningless resolution to put a sale of all Ascension Parish sewer treatment assets to NWI on the ballot, omitting any mention of the CEA.  President Cointment would be well advised to avoid cozying up with Corey Orgeron whose blatant, false attacks exemplified a penchant for self-promotion regardless of consequences borne by colleagues.

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