City of Gonzales will continue to grapple with Hwy 30 issues

There was a time in the not so distant past when subdivision development inside the City of Gonzales did not generate public outcry from current residents like that witnessed in Ascension Parish for a decade.  That time is gone as infrastructure improvements struggle to keep pace greater demand presented by an ever-increasing population.  With no […]

Chase Melancon is best choice to chair EA Drainage on January 10

St. Amant’s Councilman Chase Melancon should be the next chairman of East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District No. 1 (EA Drainage) when ten members, sitting Ex Officio as east bank Parish Council members, convene for the the first meeting of 2022.  There is much to recommend Melancon; civility without artifice, respect for a frustrated citizenry […]

Five years later, AP Government Efficiency & Effectiveness study Christel-izing

In 2016 Ascension Parish hired SSA Consultants to produce an Efficiency & Effectiveness Study.  On December 9 SSA’s Dr. Christel Slaughter appeared before the Parish Council (a different one than that which hired Slaughter five years ago, six of whom did not garner reelection in the 2019 cycle) to deliver a progress report.  That last update […]

Gonzales launches Price LeBlanc Performing Arts, Conferences & Event (PACE) Center

City of Gonzales officials gathered Wednesday to launch the Price LeBlanc PACE Center! This beautiful building, designed by Domain Architecture, is located in the Heritage Crossing Development at the intersection of Highway 44 and Highway 30. Mayor Arceneaux noted that, “PACE will drive economic development and enhance the quality of life for our community! This […]

Gonzales council waives density restriction to accommodate 279-unit Sportsman’s Park Lofts

Hoping to infuse life into failing businesses along Cabelas’ Parkway, south of Hwy 30 across the way from a bustling Tanger Outlet Malls, Gonzales’ City Council approved a waiver of its development code’s density cap for Mixed Use developments on Monday.  Sportsman’s Park Lofts envisions four structures in a “5-story multi-family complex” to include a parking […]

One candidacy derailed by rejection of annexation; Stephen Ussery announces for Gonzales Chief of Police

The City of Gonzales’ established policy for annexation of property has required unanimity of all affected property owners seeking entry into the city limits.  That policy held sway on Monday when Councilman Harold Stewart’s motion to introduce the requisite ordinance annexing five parcels on Clouatre Road failed for lack of a second.  Without an argument […]

Cointment trimmed AP payroll by $2.4 million while adding quality employees

In January 2020 newly-inaugurated Parish President Clint Cointment inherited a bloated parish payroll which his predecessor had allowed to increase by $5.3 million from 2016 through the end of 2019.  An employee roster hovering around 550 individuals at one point in Kenny Matassa’s tenure, every partisan political hack promising support found his way onto the […]

Employees cannot be required to pay for mandatory COVID testing

Some employers in Ascension Parish are requiring their employees to test for COVID-19 in lieu of taking the jab and making them pay the cost of the test.  In some cases, the test is required weekly. Requiring the test is not a problem, but making the employee pay for the cost is prohibited under Louisiana […]

AP Health Unit/Mental Health combine for $16.5 million General Fund

Ascension Parish Government maintains separate accounts for two seemingly related functions (neither of which should be the government’s business in our view, but we digress), Mental Health and Ascension Parish Health Center.  Both receive the lion’s share of their combined $6,917,500 in revenue anticipated from 2-mill Ad Valorem (property) tax assessments, ten years in duration which […]

NWI to operate parish sewer assets on east bank pending PSC approval of sale

As National Water Infrastructure (NWI), LLC prepares to present its agreement to purchase east bank Ascension “sewer assets” to Louisiana’s Public Service Commission, an intermediate agreement for Operation & Maintenance of those lingering “assets” was recommended by the Utilities Committee on Monday.  The interim agreement envisions Ascension paying NWI $10,000/month “on an as needed basis.”  According to […]