DEMCO to contract with new provider beginning April 2024

Recently Rep. Edmonston had a meeting with DEMCO representatives David Latona, Toni Johnson and Penny Fruge (see photo above, left to right) to discuss their operations in District 88 and their continued service to Ascension Parish residents. DEMCO is a not-for-profit electric cooperative formed in 1938, owned by the people who receive their services – […]

Two sites considered for new Animal Shelter with 2023 groundbreaking

Shelter Planners of America has provided a Needs Assessment Study to assist Ascension Parish in determining the optimal site and design for a new Animal Shelter.  Due to numerous considerations, two potential sites are being considered, both east of the City of Gonzales within the right triangle formed by Airline Hwy and LA 30.  Groundbreaking is […]

Fish-Frog Bayou Flood Control Structure groundbreaking

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the Ascension Parish East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 and the Pontchartrain Levee District broke ground on the Fish-Frog Bayou Flood Control Structure. The new flood control advancement is located on Alligator Bayou Road and will aid in helping to control water rises in areas like Bayou Manchac. […]

Pryor resigns seat on Planning & Zoning Commissions

Matthew Pryor announced that he would resign the seat on Ascension’s Planning & Zoning Commissions held since July of 2014, most of that tenure served in the chairmanship.  Another commissioner, Ken Firmin is expected to resign in the coming months leaving three vacancies on the seven-member commissions since Shannon Hutchings left some months back.  Three […]

Sweet potato seed available for Spring 2022 planting

As a service to the residents of Louisiana, the LSU AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station produces foundation sweet potato seed annually. These seed potatoes are to be bedded in the row to produce “slips” or cuttings, which are then transplanted to the field to produce the crop. All varieties are certified to be free of […]

Melancon elected Chairman of EA Drainage chair, Lawler Vice-Chairman

Newly-elected East Ascension Drainage Board Chairman Chase Melancon conducted his first meeting via videoconference on Monday.  Melancon was elevated to the chair by acclimation, none of his seven colleagues participating offered a different nomination and there was no objection.  Having previously occupied the vice chairmanship, Melancon replaces Councilman Dempsey Lambert whose tenure in the job […]

Will EA Drainage maintain the status quo on Monday (Dempsey Lambert as chairman)?

With two members vying for the chairmanship of East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 (EA Drainage Board) on Monday, we have little indication which way the vote is going to go.  The incumbent, five-term councilman Dempsey Lambert, is holding on for dear life against the challenge posed by first-termer, Chase Melancon who is […]

$953,728 fix for Shadows at Manchac dry retention pond up for approval on Monday

Monday’s East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1’s (EA Drainage Board) agenda includes a holdover from 2021; Shadows at Manchac Retention Pond Repair.  The Board will consider approval of a two-phased project, with a combined cost of $953,728. At issue is a problem that first appeared on the February 8, 2021 meeting agenda pursuant […]

Gonzales’ Cagnolatti elected to AP Council chair (no word on committee assignments)

Six years into his tenure, District 10 Councilman John Cagnolatti from Gonzales was elected by his colleagues to chair Ascension’s Parish Council on Thursday.  Cagnolatti takes the gavel from Councilwoman Teri Casso who was elected Vice Chair (in keeping with custom, neither position garnered a second nominee as the decisions were made prior to the […]

SCOTUS to hear Trosclair’s challenge to Biden vaccine mandate on Friday

Brandon Trosclair is in Washington DC this week, preparing for his day in court on Friday.  That’s when the United States Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in consolidated cases challenging President Biden’s attempted imposition of COVID vaccine mandates on all businesses with 100 or more employees.  Last week Trosclair and his counsel sat down with […]