What’s on the December 5 runoff election ballot in Ascension

Over 62,000 Ascension Parish voters cast ballots for the November 3 election in keeping with historically higher turnout when the US Presidency is up for grabs.  That comparatively massive number amounts to 75.2% of the electorate according to Louisiana’s Secretary of State, up by three percentage points from the 2016 numbers with nearly 8,000 more […]

Unanimous council overturns Planning Commission’s denial of Belle Savanne plat revision

Ten members of Ascension’s Parish Council, convened on Thursday as the Planning Commission Appeals Board, granted the appeal by Belle Savanne Subdivision to eliminate a requirement that a connecting road be built linking Hwy 73 to Bluff Road.  The unanimous (Councilman Michael Mason was absent) action overturned an August 2019 denial by Ascension’s Planning Commission […]

Laurel Ridge Levee/New River drainage improvements held up by pending litigation

“This has gone on long enough,” declared Councilman Chase Melancon upon emerging from Executive Session to discuss Livingston Parish’s lawsuit against Ascension to enjoin Laurel Ridge Levee extension project. Monday’s East Ascension Drainage Commission meeting was another in the long and continuing saga.  On Ascension’s drainage improvement wish list for four decades, Laurel Ridge Levee […]

Another James Moore company submits curiously low bid for New River drainage project

The bids are in, three of them, and East Ascension Drainage Commission is scheduled to consider Bridging the Gap Solutions’ offer to construct “New River Channel Improvements” in return for $3,944,300 on Monday.  The bid is significantly lower than the $5,000,000 budget to dredge New River while Ascension Parish is set to replace the channel’s weir in-house.  […]

Tim Riley wins Gonzales Council seat in stunning victory

In a stunning victory Tim Riley beat the incumbent for Gonzales City Council-Division A, David Guitreau on Tuesday.  For those paying attention it was not so much that Riley won, but the margin (57%-43%) that caused surprise.  The councilman-elect earned every vote with a herculean campaign effort that Riley funded personally. Riley beat Guitreau early […]

Steven Tureau coasts to victory in all three parishes comprising 23rd JDC

Steven Tureau beat Chris Bridges early, beat him on Election Day and beat him badly in each of the three parishes which comprise the 23rd Judicial District Court.  On Tuesday it became official, Tureau will be the next Division D judge after racking up big margins in Ascension (which both candidates call home), Assumption and St. […]

Cody Martin capitalizes on big St. James margin to win Division B judgeship

Cody Martin won election to the 23rd Judicial District Court’s Division B seat on the bench by winning his home parish of St. James by 4914 votes (80%-20%).  The District includes Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes.  His opponent, Prairieville’s Aaron Chaisson could not muster the same energy in Ascension where Martin actually won Tuesday’s Election […]

Sorrento and EA Drainage closing in on roadside ditch maintenance deal

The Town of Sorrento and East Ascension Drainage Commission may be close to an agreement whereby the Commission commits Ascension Parish “to assist with open roadside ditch maintenance in the amount of a minimum of 1.5 miles per year.”  There is a Memorandum of Understanding, unsigned as far as we know, circulating among elected officials […]

Cointment and Parish Council face difficult fiscal decisions in 2021

Introducing the proposed 2021 Budget Ordinance on Thursday, President Clint Cointment’s administration is forced to cope with a stark reality inherited from his predecessor’s four-year tenure.  While Ascension Parish continues to enjoy healthy revenue generation ($46.5 million from three Sales Tax districts and $30.3 million in property tax assessments, along with many more millions in […]

Boyle Bayou project being pushed by PLD

Boyle Bayou is not a waterway/drainage artery discussed very often by parish officials, though residents familiar with its course are well aware of its deficiencies. The bayou’s westernmost point is south of Cabela’s Parkway in Gonzales from whence it flows east, under I-10 then Hwy 44/Burnside before linking with Bayou Conway to the south.  Fully […]