Ascension to implement new GPS system, no employee disciplinary action until policy in place

The Council Finance Committee recently approved implementation of a new “Productivity Tracking” GPS for Ascension Parish, changing providers from My Government Online to Acadian Total Security’s better product.  That opinion was offered by Professional Project Manager Jade Robin, three months on the job, who explained a plethora of additional benefits from the new provider with a reduction in price […]

Council takes no action on Delaune Estates (Antebellum Pointe) litigation

One-hour and seven minutes after entering Executive Session at the end of a lengthy meeting on Thursday, Ascension’s Parish Council emerged from its closed door deliberations on Delaune v. Ascension Parish Planning Commission et al. Suit #129606.  And the meeting was abruptly adjourned. There was supposed to have been a vote to settle the lawsuit, a […]

It’s official: AP voters will decide the fate of East Bank Sewer Treatment proposal

The fate of comprehensive sanitary sewer treatment for East Ascension is up to you, the voter, after a Special Meeting of the Parish Council on Thursday.  A unanimous, and united, governing authority joined President Clint Cointment to begin selling the agreement with National Water Infrastructure (NWI) in anticipation of the election scheduled for April 24.  […]

Council Finance approves $840,000 increase of LDEC Gym construction budget (34%)

In January Ascension’s Council Recreation Committee received the bad news; the low bid to expand the gym at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (LDEC) came in $840,000 overbudget ($3.3 million for the project budgeted at $2.5 million).  On Monday the Council Finance Committee addressed the shortfall by a unanimous vote to increase the budget to accommodate […]

Cointment-negotiated Floodplain Management Plan contract saves taxpayers $775,250

13 months on the job, Parish President Clint Cointment has proven to be one tough negotiator, committed to “reining in the cost of studies and the consultants” who perform them.  Case in point; East Ascension Drainage Board’s approval of the contract with HNTB Engineers to produce a Floodplain Management Plan came with a $2,670,850 price-tag, $775,250 less […]

17 applicants vie for Registrar of Voters position

Decades in office, Robert Poche retired as Ascension Parish Registrar of Voters recently, leaving vacant the position to be filled by the parish’s “governing authority,” i.e. the Parish Council.  Procedure mandated by Louisiana Revised Statutes 18:51.  Mandated qualifications, not so onerous as evidenced by the fact that 17 individuals applied for the position, are set […]

Hwy 30 needs major upgrade, local efforts focus on diverting traffic

Attempts to improve Ascension’s road network, effective or not, have focused on the parish’s northern traffic corridors.  Those efforts include Louisiana DOTD’s major projects on Hwy 73 and Hwy 42 (the latter’s completion date was recently backed up to this summer) and Ascension’s MoveAscension initiative, begun in 2017.  Understandable given the horde of new residents choking Prairieville’s […]

Gonzales Council approves $4,500,000 bond to build PACE Center

Solely secured by “the revenues derived…by the City from the 2018 Hotel Occupancy Tax,” Gonzales’ Council resolved to issue $4,500,000 million in bonds toward construction of its highly-anticipated Performing Arts, Conference & Events (PACE) Center.  Lost in the hullabaloo of a chaotic agenda on Monday, it was the most consequential piece of business taken up by […]

Chairwoman Casso makes 2021 Council Committee assignments

After a tumultuous 2020, strained relationships between the council and President Clint Cointment’s administration to begin the new year, hamstrung by COVID-19’s regulatory oppression, Chairwoman Teri Casso has reshuffled assignments in four of six council committees.  It is the status quo in Finance, which includes every council member with John Cagnolatti in the chair and […]

Plans for new facility not made; Council approves $290,988 to renovate Animal Shelter

On Thursday Ascension’s Parish Council approved the lowest of five bids, $290,988.89 from BRP Construction, to renovate the Animal Shelter on Airline Hwy in Sorrento.  On December 8, 2018 voters, by a 353-vote margin in a 16% turnout election, enacted a ten-year, one-mill property tax parish-wide “for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, improving, maintaining and […]