Lawler explains vote to settle Delaune Estates lawsuit

NOTE:  In the wake of his vote to “settle the lawsuit” filed by the Delaune family after denial of Antebellum Pointe subdivision (subsequently rebranded, Delaune Estates) Councilman Aaron Lawler took to social media to explain. Why did I vote to settle the lawsuit with the Delaune family? The first time I voted no because the traffic study confirmed […]

Cointment vetoes Council’s approval of Delaune Estates

Dear Ascension Parish Residents: On April 15, 2021 Ascension’s Parish Council emerged from Executive Session to approve Delaune Estates’ (formerly Antebellum Pointe) subdivision preliminary plat.  The 6-5 vote was cast settle the lawsuit entitled Delaune v. Ascension Parish Planning Commission, et al. Suit No. 129,606 in the 23rd Judicial District Court.  After due consideration I […]

Gonzales takes step toward PACE Center construction; proceeding with Silverleaf demolition

On Monday Gonzales’ City Council introduced the ordinance “authorizing issuance” of (not to exceed) $4.5 million in bonds to partially construct the Performing Arts, Conference & Events Center.  Approved by Louisiana’s Bond Commission in March, the bonds will fund just over 60% of the total estimated construction cost, $7.4 million.  The bond amount is secured by […]

An “historic” day for East Ascension Drainage as major projects set to go

“We’re gonna be making history tonight,” declared East Ascension Drainage Board Chairman Dempsey Lambert on Tuesday.  And it was not hyperbole as five major projects, some of which have been on the drawing board for decades, seem nearing fruition.  No potential project has caused more council member (and police juror) angst than Laurel Ridge Levee extension.   […]

Doomsday predictions about NWI sewer rate increases are groundless

Ascension Parish has never been so close to achieving regionalized sewer treatment on the east bank, a three-decade’s old pipe dream avoided by parish government going back to the prehistoric Police Jury days when lordly politicos presided over 11 fiefdoms.  On April 24 voters will decide the fate of a Sewer Conveyance and Franchise Agreement with National […]

Grand Opening of Skate Park at Oak Grove Community Center on May 1

Ascension has scheduled the Grand Opening of the reassembled Skate Park at Oak Grove Community Center on May 1.  Recreation Director Michael King delivered the news to the Parish Council Recreation Committee on Thursday. In 2019 the parish decided to disassemble the existing park on Irma Blvd in Gonzales to make way for additions to the […]

Ascension should get out of the Sewer Business. Vote YES on April 24

Early voting for the April 24 election to approve, or not, the Sewer Conveyance and Franchise Agreement proposed between National Water Infrastructure, Inc. (NWI) and the parish begins on Saturday (April 10-April 17, excluding Sunday).  If you are a taxpayer in Ascension Parish, or one of those individuals representing them, there is a lot to like about […]

Pro-Development council returns Pryor and Firmin to Planning/Zoning Commission

On Thursday the Parish Council definitively declared its preference for unfettered, barely restricted residential subdivision development.  In a 7-2 vote the governing authority reappointed current chairman, Matthew Pryor to the Planning & Zoning Commission, a seat he has occupied since July 9, 2014.  Ken Firmin, a commissioner since April 12, 2017 was a unanimous selection along […]

RIGGED! Personnel Committee redo recommends Pryor for Planning Commission

If you are among those citizens frustrated and angry at Ascension Parish’s Planning Commission, your frustration and anger are misdirected.  The sentiments should be focused squarely at the Parish Council members who persist in the decades long charade of a Personnel Committee, appointed by the council chair, to recommend individuals for service on various boards, […]

Silverleaf Demolition Project delayed as rejected bidder seeks injunction from courts

On December 3, 2020 the City of Gonzales received four bid packets to demolish the structures on Silverleaf Street, a repetitive flooding problem area beyond the city’s (and East Ascension Drainage Commission’s) ability to fix.  The contract was awarded to Concrete Busters of Louisiana when a lower bid from Lathan Construction was rejected as non-responsive.  […]