NOTE: Since, collectively, these five members have sat on the council for 54 years, we are left to wonder what took them so long to get around to implementing the ideas mentioned in the joint statement below. Their “pledge to work with the Parish President” is nothing more than an attempt to cool the heat they are so obviously feeling but, okay, what do they have in mind specifically? Does anyone believe a syllable from any of these five council members?
The following is a statement from board members John Cagnolatti, Teri Casso, Dempsey Lambert, Aaron Lawler, and Corey Orgeron:
The changes approved at last month’s East Ascension Drainage District’s meeting were made with the best interests of the citizens of our growing parish in mind. We believe – and have heard from many of our constituents – that the system in place did not produce consistent drainage maintenance, nor did it effectively advance strategic, long-term planning and execution of drainage projects to protect the people and property of Ascension Parish.
We continue to hear from residents on all sides of this important issue – and we are taking action. We pledge to work with the Parish President towards a compromise that will result in improved efficiency and long-term policies that are sustainable, science-based solutions for today’s and tomorrow’s issues.
Both short and long-term maintenance plans must be a priority and address concerns of residents and businesses across the parish. At the same time, we must broaden our focus to include planning and engineering work for much-needed improvements that allow us to be flexible in anticipating and responding to the needs of the parish. These improvements will continue to benefit future generations.
It is time for East Ascension Drainage to move away from this political model resulting in priorities that change with election cycles. This outdated effort has not served us well and has not kept up with the growth of the Parish. To be successful, science must drive our efforts.
Change is hard and our citizens are right to demand better. We believe that, after moving away from this outdated model, you will see the positive results you deserve.