Council adopts increased Transportation Impact Fee on new construction

Ascension’s Parish Council, seven of 11 members in attendance on Thursday, voted to increase the Base Fee assessed for Transportation Impact of new construction.  The yearly adjustment, tied to New Construction Cost Index, is a 9.96% increase as a moratorium on subdivision of property expired on Tuesday. The Fee Schedule delineates separate and distinct land usage, […]

Edmonston-authored Vaccination-Status bills ignored in 2022 session

District 88 Representative Kathy Edmonston authored ten bills filed for the 2022 legislative session, six intended to raise vaccine/immunization status to the level of race, religion, national ancestry, age, and sex which are constitutionally protected “from arbitrary, capricious, or unreasonable discrimination.”  An awful idea, imposing unreasonable burdens upon purely private actors, none of Edmonston’s vaccine […]

Juvenile Detention Tax funds to Remodel/Construct Tutoring Center

On October 17, 2013, by a 8-1 vote, Ascension’s Parish Council adopted an ordinance creating a one-mill property tax that did not require public approval at the ballot box.  Former District 10 Councilman Bryan Melancon was the lone dissenting vote for the ordinance: “To authorize a one (1) mill property tax to fund Participation Agreement(s) […]

Animal Services Board considering third site for shelter

Ascension’s Council recently approved an amendment (No. 3 if you’re counting) to the 2022 Operating and Capital Budgets adopted on the 18th day of November, 2021.  The changes included: OPERATING BUDGET: Animal Services Fund – (Increase appropriation to CARA’s house for additional payroll cost incurred while the animals were housed at Lamar Dixon) Expenditures & Other […]

Casso’s last minute changes water down TIA ordinance, subdivision moratorium coming to end

On Thursday Ascension’s Parish Council adopted the last piece of legislation among two “batches” worth of proposed ordinances justifying the moratorium on subdivisions.  Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) required of every major/minor subdivision was codified, heightening certain requirements in what has long been mere policy, but only after last minute negotiations between two members.  St. Amant’s […]

GBR State Fair announces move to Lamar Dixon (permanently?)

Scheduled for October 27-November 6, the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair will be held at Lamar Dixon Expo Center (LDEC) in 2022…and beyond.  That is according to Cliff Barton, president of the GBRSF Corporation who was joined by Ascension President Clint Cointment and Mayor Barney Arceneaux at a Monday press conference to announce the “temporary” […]

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) […]