Cagnolatti (with Lawler/Orgeron/Casso) threatens to halt drainage inside Gonzales/Sorrento

District 10 Councilman John Cagnolatti

Tonight’s agenda of East Ascension Drainage District includes two items that amount to a declaration of war on the City of Gonzales and Town of Sorrento, their citizens and every resident of Ascension Parish whose property drains through either municipality.  The fact that one of Gonzales’ two EA Drainage representatives sponsored items (f) and (g) under General Business

f. Discussion of requiring all municipalities on the Eastbank to have development drainage standards that are at least equal to Parish standards under possibility of cessation of drainage work in municipalities that do not have such standard (Vice-Chairman Aaron Lawler, Commissioners Terri Casso, John Cagnolotti, Corey Orgeron).

g. Resolution asking Eastbank municipalities to refuse annexation of any property that will be developed at drainage standards lower than the standards accepted by Ascension Parish? (Vice Chairman Aaron Lawler, Commissioners Terri Casso, John Cagnolotti, Corey Orgeron).

is a cause for grave concern for his constituents.  Partnering with Aaron Lawler and/or Corey Orgeron on any item evidences a severe lack of judgment, doing so on this threat is much worse.

20%, plus of EA Drainage’s annual tax revenue is generated within Gonzales’ city limits.  Two of East Ascension’s major drainage arteries (New River and Bayou Francois) course through the heart of the city.  Threatening to withhold drainage works within its boundaries without having discussed the idea with the city’s elected officialdom is irresponsible.

Virtually all of East Ascension’s area south of Hwy 30 relies on gravity drainage to, and through the Town of Sorrento its EA Drainage representative is Councilman Joel Robert).

The cause for concern transcends the two east bank municipalities since another 50,000 (a conservative estimate) East Ascension residents rely on drainage works in the municipalities.