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Urban Systems buried traffic analysis on Transportation agenda (two years late); another $250,000 for HNTB

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING April 9, 2018 – 6:00 PM Courthouse East, 2nd Floor, 828 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales, LA 70737 AGENDA (1) Call to Order / Roll Call of Members (2) Invocation / Pledge (3) Public Comment Period (4) Committee Chairman’s Report (5) Acceptance of minutes of February 28, 2018 meeting as written. (6) Roads […]

Pettit versus Lawler: Citizen fires salvo at Councilman

Yesterday morning I received two phone calls from Councilman Aaron Lawler, a charming conversationalist and all-around comical guy.  It was a continuation of our social media tete-a-tete from the previous day when Lawler declared: I have decided that I will not appoint a proxy to represent the people of Prairieville in District 7 on the charter committee. […]

From June 25, 2015: Donaldsonville Council was interested in purchasing Peoples Water

June 25, 2015 by Michael Tortorich The Donaldsonville City Council voted to authorize the Mayor to open a discussion about possibly negotiating a deal with the local water service company. After discussing the matter during the last Committee of the Whole meeting, Councilmen moved forward Tuesday night with approving of Mayor Leroy Sullivan to communicate […]

Matassa names William Daniel as Ascension Parish Infrastructure Division Director

Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is pleased to announce the hiring of William Daniel as the new Infrastructure Division Director. Mr. Daniel brings over 35 years of experience in engineering, executive management, and government to Ascension Parish. From 2005-2017, Mr. Daniel held key infrastructure and executive positions in East Baton Rouge City-Parish Government, including Public […]

Matassa Names Taleta Wesley as Ascension Parish Human Resources Director

NOTE:  A friendly reminder: Ms. Wesley is subject to the requirement of ratification by the Parish Council. Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa is pleased to announce the hiring of Taleta Wesley as Ascension Parish Government’s Human Resources Director.  Ms. Wesley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Grambling University, a Master’s Degree in Public […]

Local political strategist with national experience, John Diez, Jr. takes over LABI-affiliated PACs

The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) is pleased to announce its recent hire of John Diez Jr., who will assume the role of Director of Political Action Committees (PACs). His extensive background in candidate recruitment, political strategy and campaign management, coupled with his experience in survey research and political analytics, will prove to […]

Letter from former Planning Director questions Quality Engineering tactic

While traffic and drainage concerns continue to be the primary issues we should focus on during the review and approval or denial of proposed developments, what can easily be lost in the game that engineers or developers play is the design of those subdivisions with regards to the subdivision code. According to existing subdivision regulations, […]

Ascension Parish completes purchase of Peoples Water

GONZALES –Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa signed the final documents in the acquisition of Peoples Water Service Company of Donaldsonville by Ascension Parish. The negotiations to purchase Peoples Water began over two years ago. President Matassa announced the purchase of Peoples Water as one of his Top 10 Projects for 2016 in March. “This is […]

Attorney General’s short answer to Ascension’s Planning Commission

Attorney General Jeff Landry just released a summary of his offices’ Opinions from May 9-13, including #16-0011 in response Ascension Parish’s request to clarify powers of the Planning Commission.  The entire summary, devoid of jurisprudential analysis, reads: Pursuant to La. R.S. 33:101.1, the Ascension Parish Planning Commission has the authority to deny an application seeking approval […]

Compton reinstated, immediately resigned. Explains why.

First off, I want to say Thank You! Thank you to all those that supported me, both publicly and privately; Thank you to all my staff that helped me to succeed for the past 8 years, particularly Lavern Bourgeois who served as my Chief Building Official; and Thank You to Tommy Martinez and the Ascension Parish Council for […]