$216 Million for state Road and Infrastructure (none earmarked for Ascension)

Gov. John Bel Edwards joined officials from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the Louisiana Legislature today to announce that, as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, the state of Louisiana has received approximately $216 million to be allocated for road and infrastructure projects throughout the state. This […]

Ascension Parish asking residents to report water in homes

Ascension Parish Government is asking residents to report any incidents of storm water entering homes after the recent heavy rains. The information will be compiled and catalogued by the Floodplain Management and Stormwater departments to keep accurate records in the Parish. The request is for information on homes and businesses only, and not for sheds, […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of April 12-16

During the week of April 12 – April 16, 2021, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court-Ascension Parish: Kidal Daniels, 332 Ambassador Dr. Westwego, LA., age 46, pled guilty to DWI 3rd Sentencing was deferred to a later date pending a Pre-Sentence Investigation. Jimmy Rutherford, […]

Lawler switches sides for 6-5 approval of Delaune Estates (Antebellum Pointe)

Emerging from an Executive Session just under half-an-hour, Ascension’s Parish Council voted to approve the preliminary plat of Delaune Estates (formerly Antebellum Pointe) subdivision on Thursday.  The threadbare 6-5 vote is intended to settle a September 2020 lawsuit filed by the property owners of 86 acres just west of Hwy 73, the proposed site of a 237-lot subdivision denied by […]

Gonzales takes step toward PACE Center construction; proceeding with Silverleaf demolition

On Monday Gonzales’ City Council introduced the ordinance “authorizing issuance” of (not to exceed) $4.5 million in bonds to partially construct the Performing Arts, Conference & Events Center.  Approved by Louisiana’s Bond Commission in March, the bonds will fund just over 60% of the total estimated construction cost, $7.4 million.  The bond amount is secured by […]

An “historic” day for East Ascension Drainage as major projects set to go

“We’re gonna be making history tonight,” declared East Ascension Drainage Board Chairman Dempsey Lambert on Tuesday.  And it was not hyperbole as five major projects, some of which have been on the drawing board for decades, seem nearing fruition.  No potential project has caused more council member (and police juror) angst than Laurel Ridge Levee extension.   […]

Mayor Arceneaux and Council urge constituents to support Ascension’s deal with NWI

If there is any group who can assess the benefits of comprehensive sewer treatment it is the elected officials in the City of Gonzales.  Gonzales’ economy has thrived, in large part, due to its foresight to invest in sewer treatment so attractive to business investment that equates to retail sales tax upon which the city […]

Doomsday predictions about NWI sewer rate increases are groundless

Ascension Parish has never been so close to achieving regionalized sewer treatment on the east bank, a three-decade’s old pipe dream avoided by parish government going back to the prehistoric Police Jury days when lordly politicos presided over 11 fiefdoms.  On April 24 voters will decide the fate of a Sewer Conveyance and Franchise Agreement with National […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of March 29-April 2

During the week of March 29 – April 2, 2021, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court-Ascension Parish: Roberto Williams, 1608 Nottingham Dr. Marrero, LA., age 30, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 1 year with […]

Early voting for April 24 election begins on Saturday

Election Day is April 24 with early voting from April 10-17 with one parish-wide ballot initiative along with a multi-parish runoff election to decide Cedric Richmond’s successor in Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District.  The runoff pits two state senators, Troy Carter and Karen Carter Peterson, both from New Orleans.  Voters in 21 Ascension voting precincts will […]