Louisiana steps back to Phase 2 as COVID cases and hospitalizations rise

On Tuesday Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the aggressive third surge of COVID-19 across all regions of Louisiana has made it necessary to impose tighter mitigation measures and step back to Phase 2 in order to protect public health. The Governor’s updated Phase 2 proclamation, which is slightly modified from the summer, takes effect […]

Gonzales Council annexes four acres near Airline/Purpera Road intersection

Gonzales’ City Council unanimously annexed two tracts of land, totaling just over 4 acres, east of Purpera Rd between Airline Hwy and the railroad tracks on Monday; but not without some angst.  Councilman Kirk Boudreaux noted with some disdain that the property owner, Expert Maintenance Services (owned by James Moore), has failed to maintain the […]

Developers find loophole in Traffic Impact Study policy, up to Council to close it

On June 21, 2018 Ascension’s Parish Council enacted stricter requirements of subdivision developers, codifying Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) POLICY.  What passed for policy theretofore had been a running joke among the development community and the parish’s Planning Department for years.  As with any governmental regulation, affected business interests find their way around the roadblock (pun intended) […]

Efficiency Plan for parish government in the works (will newly elected officials support it?)

SSA Consultants was back before Ascension’s Parish Council on Thursday to update its efforts toward establishing an Efficiency Plan for parish government.  For the past three years+ Dr. Christel Slaughter and her SSA team have intermittently worked towards this lofty goal, past efforts hamstrung by an administration and the majority of a council happy to maintain the status […]

Harold Stewart running on accomplishments in Division C-Gonzales Council runoff election

Incumbent Harold Stewart finds himself in a runoff for reelection to the Division C, Gonzales City Council seat which he has occupied since besting two opponents in the March 28, 2015 Special Election.  Early voting for the December 5 election begins Friday, November 20 through November 28 excluding Sundays and Thanksgiving Day. Stewart, a small […]

Council introducing ordinance to abolish ACUD#2, facilitate sale of $23.5 million in assets

Ascension Parish Council’s meeting agenda for Thursday includes the introduction of an ordinance which would abolish Ascension Consolidated Utilities District No. 2 (ACUD#2), vesting its “debts, operations, and administration…with the Parish of Ascension.”  It is a step toward the ultimate goal, selling off any and all wastewater treatment infrastructure to a private entity and getting out of […]

92-lot Windsor Park subdivision plat on Hwy 42 to be considered by Planning Commission

Two new members of Ascension’s Planning Commission will get to vote on their first subdivision preliminary plat on Wednesday.  Richard Carmouche and Robert Hodgson were sworn in on October 14, filling vacancies created when Wade Schexnaydre and Morrie Bishop resigned.  Windsor Park is the 92-lot subdivision proposed by Dantin-Bruce Development, LLC on 31 acres south […]

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 […]