If character really does count, Orgeron will resign from Parish Council

In the wake of Monday night’s East Ascension Drainage District debacle, another in an established pattern of meltdowns by Corey Orgeron, discussions of the District 4 councilman’s removal from the Governing Authority are being had.  For his part, Orgeron denied that he is contemplating resignation, only “taking a step back from his duties as councilman for […]

AP accepting storm debris through weekend at Lamar Dixon

Ascension Parish is finalizing the removal of Hurricane Ida storm debris. Less than one week after the storm hit, debris removal crews started working 7 days a week, and they are just about finished the task. If you or someone you know still has storm debris that you want picked up, you MUST register at […]

More delays to New River dredging project, weir replacement approved

East Ascension Drainage Commission emerged from its third Executive Session on Monday (well, seven of the commissioners did since Joel Robert and Corey Orgeron had bolted after a near altercation and Travis Turner was absent) to take up the agenda’s last item: Executive Session:  Update on New River Dredging contract negotiations with Bridging the Gap Solutions, […]

EA Drainage approves deal with Cointment in raucous meeting (another Orgeron meltdown)

On Monday, after four months a wrangling East Ascension Drainage Board approved a deal whereby the Parish President will continue to oversee drainage works.  The newly-adopted MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT (an Addendum to the Existing Contract) requires the hiring of a Drainage Director and a “liaison” but, for the most part, formalizes rudimentary tasks and obligations already owed by […]

EA Drainage to consider a flawed agreement on Monday

East Ascension Drainage District is scheduled to consider an Addendum to the Existing Contract whereby the Parish President and Parish Government control drainage works and maintenance of the system pursuant to a 2009 annually self-renewing agreement.  That will come after the ten-member body consisting of east bank council members sitting Ex Officio reverses four votes taken on June 28 aimed […]

Transportation recommends $2.4 million for Program Management by HNTB (and subs)

Recommended by the Parish Council Transportation Committee on Tuesday, $2,405,000 will be added to Ascension’s contract with HNTB engineers with an additional six months.  Approval by the full council a mere formality, what are taxpayers getting in return for the contractual add-on, foregoing the bid process annually since HNTB landed the deal four years ago? […]

Demolition of West Ascension Elementary makes way for Early Childhood learning center

Sheriff Bobby Webre, along with other parish leaders came together this morning for a big announcement – a new early childhood learning and intervention center in Donaldsonville. It will replace the old West Ascension Elementary school, which will be torn down over the next several weeks. We want to thank the Ascension Parish government, the […]

AP Government unveils $121 Million Operating Budget for 2022

Monday’s Parish Council Finance Committee meeting saw the 2022 Fiscal Year budget introduced by Patrick Goldsmith, CFO/Treasurer in President Clint Cointment’s administration.  $131.5 million in Operating Budget Revenues with projected expenditures of $121.5 million, it is “a conservative” budgetary approach even though Ascension anticipates “a healthy sales tax increase” from 2020.  $59 million (45%) of […]

Mera Salon & Spa Suites coming to Gonzales

Are you ready to “Make it your own with Mera?”  After years in commercial and residential real estate, Blair Clouatre did when she decided to open the doors to Mera Salon and Spa Suites in 2018. “My passion has always been mentorship, and what better way than to open a luxury salon and spa suite where […]

PUD rezone recommended for Village at Sawgrass, no action taken on 115-unit Concept Plan

On September 6 Gonzales Planning/Zoning Commission declined to consider an application to rezone 16 acres south of Orice Roth/west of Veterans Blvd from its current C-1 (Commercial) classification to Planned Unit Development (PUD).  The reasoning, as stated by Commissioner Kemlyn Bailey Lomas last month, the need to “determine whether the area can handle additional development.”  […]