Gonzales City Council unanimously adopts Mayor Arceneaux’s 2022-23 budget

Last week Gonzales’ City Council unanimously adopted Mayor Barney Arceneaux’s proposed budget highlighted by a $23 million Capital Outlay featuring a $7.8 allocation to build a Performing Arts, Conference and Events (PACE) Center.  Anticipating a 10% increase in sales tax collection during the 2022-23 fiscal year, Mayor Arceneaux’s administration “projects that the city will collect […]

Joel Robert gets Term Limits out of committee and onto full council’s plate

Half the battle is just showing up…variously attributed to theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and oddball filmmaker Woody Allen, a strange coupling if ever there was.  Another curious cast of characters, three in number, finally showed up to consider Councilman Joel Robert’s Strategic Planning agenda on Tuesday.  Thrice unable to achieve a quorum, Michael Mason and […]

Sorrento Council approves 225-lot Orange Grove Subdivision

Sorrento’s Town Council unanimously approved Orange Grove Subdivision’s preliminary plat and construction plans Tuesday, more than a decade after the development’s initial proposal.  275 residential lots envisioned over several filings, full buildout of the long-anticipated subdivision could increase the town’s population by a third or more.  Located on Hwy 22 near Sorrento Primary School, last […]

Sorrento mayor exposes Lawler, Casso, Orgeron and Cagnolatti petulance

Flooding concerns having long plagued the Town of Sorrento, threats to withhold important drainage improvement projects by four petulant Ascension Parish Council members are no laughing matter…not to the citizens of Sorrento (nor their neighbors to the west in the City of Gonzales).  Aaron Lawler, Teri Casso, Corey Orgeron and John Cagnolatti (sitting as East […]

Cagnolatti (with Lawler/Orgeron/Casso) threatens to halt drainage inside Gonzales/Sorrento

Tonight’s agenda of East Ascension Drainage District includes two items that amount to a declaration of war on the City of Gonzales and Town of Sorrento, their citizens and every resident of Ascension Parish whose property drains through either municipality.  The fact that one of Gonzales’ two EA Drainage representatives sponsored items (f) and (g) […]

Gonzales Capital Outlay Budget highlighted by $7.8 million PACE Center

The City of Gonzales’ proposed budget for the coming fiscal year includes an aggressive Capital Outlay, $23.7 million, a $6 million increase from last year and.  The 2022-23 Capital Outlay Budget is “highlighted by $7.8 million…in proposed construction of a new performing arts, conference and events (PACE) center.”  The second largest budget allocation is also […]

Council adopts all development revisions except Traffic Impact Analysis

A unanimous Parish Council, sans Councilman Corey Orgeron who exited Wednesday’s Special Meeting due purported health issues, adopted 20 of 21 proposed revisions to Ascension’s land development code.  Intended to prevent adverse drainage/traffic impact by new subdivision development, a moratorium was enacted on June 17 (effective July 15) in order to prevent any new development while the […]

Gonzales budget unveiled for 2022-23 fiscal year

Mayor Barney Arceneaux introduced the 2022-23 budget for the City of Gonzales at Monday’s meeting of the City Council in a 67-page document.  “The administration projects that the city will collect $17,380,000 in sales tax” in the coming fiscal year, a 10% increase from the preceding 12-month period.  It is the largest percentage increase in […]

Appellate Court overturns Sorrento’s judgment against EA Drainage Board

In July of 2020 then Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert sued East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District (the District) in his personal and official capacities, including the town as a party-plaintiff.  The relief he sought, a judicial declaration that the District owes “a continuing duty and obligation to clean and maintain the roadside ditches and culverts […]

AP’s $89,900 agreement with DA for Drug Intervention Program part of larger health care undertaking

Ascension’s Parish Council is set to approve a Joint Intergovernmental Agreement and Cooperative Endeavor with the District Attorney for the Adult Drug Intervention Program for 2022 (total amount of agreement is $89,900).  It will be a renewal of an existing agreement “to fund the adult drug intervention program.” By the terms of the agreement DA […]