APSO Arrest Report for the Week of November 19-26

Below is Ascension Sheriff’s arrest report for the week of November 19-26 (NOTE: Ages of those accused were not included): November 19 arrests; Ahquainn Smith, 5247 Galaxy Blvd, Darrow was charged w/ 1st Degree Rape, and Theft; Alvin Geisenheimer, Jr., 9802 Airline Hwy, Gonzales was charged w/ 2nd Degree Murder; Christopher Elias, 13120 Lamar Moran Rd, St. […]

Representative Kathy Edmonston prioritizing drainage

One of the priority issues facing Ascension Parish including District 88 is drainage.  I have received numerous calls in 2020 related to high water around homes and in roads in the Gonzales area which have led me to bring city, parish and state officials together to address these concerns.  Rain events have increased and the […]

Monthly rate increase will allow Gonzales to pay off sewer treatment loan

Gonzales’ Council enacted an ordinance on Monday to raise the minimum monthly residential service rates, from $10.00 to $19.50, to pay off the low-interest (.95%) loan to upgrade to the city’s sewer treatment system.  The loan was made from DEQ’s State Revolving Fund.  The project came in under budget while fulfilling DEQ’s mandate to pump […]

Louisiana steps back to Phase 2 as COVID cases and hospitalizations rise

On Tuesday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the aggressive third surge of COVID-19 across all regions of Louisiana has made it necessary to impose tighter mitigation measures and step back to Phase 2 in order to protect public health. The Governor’s updated Phase 2 proclamation, which is slightly modified from the summer, takes effect […]

Gonzales Council annexes four acres near Airline/Purpera Road intersection

Gonzales’ City Council unanimously annexed two tracts of land, totaling just over 4 acres, east of Purpera Rd between Airline Hwy and the railroad tracks on Monday; but not without some angst.  Councilman Kirk Boudreaux noted with some disdain that the property owner, Expert Maintenance Services (owned by James Moore), has failed to maintain the […]

Developers find loophole in Traffic Impact Study policy, up to Council to close it

On June 21, 2018 Ascension’s Parish Council enacted stricter requirements of subdivision developers, codifying Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) POLICY.  What passed for policy theretofore had been a running joke among the development community and the parish’s Planning Department for years.  As with any governmental regulation, affected business interests find their way around the roadblock (pun intended) […]

Main Street Recovery increasing expenditure on grants

State Treasurer John M. Schroder today announced the Louisiana Main Street Recovery Program will use $2.3 million in administrative funding to increase the number of grants that can be awarded to eligible small businesses. The transfer of funding will allow the program to award $262.3 million in grants. “We have more applications than we can […]

Efficiency Plan for parish government in the works (will newly elected officials support it?)

SSA Consultants was back before Ascension’s Parish Council on Thursday to update its efforts toward establishing an Efficiency Plan for parish government.  For the past three years+ Dr. Christel Slaughter and her SSA team have intermittently worked towards this lofty goal, past efforts hamstrung by an administration and the majority of a council happy to maintain the status […]

Windsor Park’s 92 lots approved by Planning Commission (without connectivity)

Another Dantin-Bruce Development, LLC subdivision on Hwy 42 in Prairieville was approved by Ascension’s Planning Commission in a 5-2 vote on Wednesday.  Windsor Park is a 92-lot subdivision on 31 acres between Old Jefferson and Hwy 44 in one of the parish’s most highly-congested traffic corridors.  But neighboring residents who packed the meeting room were less concerned […]

Council introducing ordinance to abolish ACUD#2, facilitate sale of $23.5 million in assets

Ascension Parish Council’s meeting agenda for Thursday includes the introduction of an ordinance which would abolish Ascension Consolidated Utilities District No. 2 (ACUD#2), vesting its “debts, operations, and administration…with the Parish of Ascension.”  It is a step toward the ultimate goal, selling off any and all wastewater treatment infrastructure to a private entity and getting out of […]