Sewer franchise fee to be dedicated for Ascension Parish recreation

Contemplating issuance of an RFQ for a Parish Wide Recreation Master Plan, two Parish Council committees explored the means to fund recreation in the wake approval to sell Ascension’s sewer treatment assets on April 24.  Back-to-back committee meetings on Recreation and Utilities on Thursday, and the council is preparing to spend the monies saved and/or generated by […]

APSO/LSP partnering for Click It, or Ticket initiative

Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Louisiana State Police and other law enforcement agencies for the National Click It, or Ticket initiative to take place beginning on May 24 through June 6. During this period, deputies will be conducting random seat belt checks, enforcing Louisiana seat belt laws, and educating the public […]

JBE: Fully vaccinated no longer need wear masks indoors (in most cases)

On Friday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that based on the recommendations by the CDC and in consultation with the Louisiana Dept. of Health, those who are fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks indoors except in certain situations including: educational facilities, public transit, correctional settings, and health care facilities as regulated by LDH. […]

Committee recommends increasing Transportation Impact Fee levy

Since being codified in April of 2016 the Transportation Impact Fee imposed on every new construction has generated $10,651,899 according to Planning Director Jerome Fournier.  Fournier presented the facts and figures during Tuesday’s meeting of the Parish Council Transportation Committee, recommending that the fee imposition be levied at 80% of the corresponding schedule (since 2017 […]

Two Hwy 73 subdivision plats deferred until June

A strong contingent of public speakers attended the final meeting of Ascension’s Planning Commission in the Courthouse Annex on Irma Blvd on Wednesday.  All parish government meetings will be held in the new courthouse on Worthy Road beginning in June.  All for naught as it happened since all three agenda items they had appeared to […]

$64 million worth of drainage projects include $44 million in federal funding

On Monday East Ascension Drainage Board resolved to commit nearly $20 million toward two flood mitigation projects; Conway Bayou Pump Station Upgrade and Marvin Braud Pump Station Levee Elevation and Upgrade.  The commitment is necessary to access $44,452,278 federal dollars toward the projects estimated at a combined cost of $64,248,449. RESOLUTION TO DEDICATE EAST ASCENSION […]

Ascension’s 25-year building boom by the numbers

The housing market in Ascension Parish is, to state the obvious, booming and it has been for some time.  To paraphrase a realtor acquaintance; homes can be sold virtually as soon as they come on the market.  To meet that demand there are 18 separate residential subdivision plats that have been approved by Ascension’s Planning […]

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance expanded to include Utilities

On Friday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the expansion of the State of Louisiana’s U.S. Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance Program to include utility assistance. The program focuses on providing financial assistance to Louisiana renters and landlords experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the expansion, the state-administered program now provides assistance […]

Open season for developers? Two subdivisions proposed on Hwy 73 near Dutchtown HS

The next meeting of Ascension’s Planning Commission, set for Wednesday (May 12), marks the first vote on a subdivision preliminary plat since the Parish Council’s Personnel Committee engineered the reappointment of Matthew Pryor; and the ouster of Commissioner Richard Carmouche.  Two ends of the spectrum, Pryor proudly pro-development as opposed to Carmouche who never cast […]

110 residential construction permits issued by Gonzales in 2021

The City of Gonzales has, for lack of a better word, endured rampant residential construction on par with Ascension Parish, writ large. Roughly one-tenth of Ascension’s population, the city issued 110 residential construction permits since the beginning of 2021 through the end of April.  Excluding the permit for East Ascension HS’ $6.9 million Media Center/Library, […]