JBE reinstates Statewide Temporary Mask Mandate

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards has temporarily reinstated Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate indoors for all people age five and older as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across Louisiana, threatening the ability of Louisiana’s hospitals to deliver care during this fourth surge of COVID. Louisiana is currently in the worst surge of the COVID-19 […]

District 5’s Dempsey Lambert the latest recall target

Dempsey Lambert, a member of Ascension’s Parish Council since 2004, is the target of a Recall Petition filed on July 26.  21 months removed from a 39-vote electoral victory to secure his fifth term in office, a successful recall of Lambert will require more than 2,850 signatures from “Active Registered Voters” in District 5 (3,599 […]

Development moratorium is only delay, real change requires new council members

Ascension Parish’s Unified Land Development Code (ULDC), Subdivision Regulation and corresponding ordinances could do with updating as a nine-month moratorium on subdivision of property is in place.  The moratorium is premised upon the need to address drainage issues, but there is nothing to prevent an examination of other regulatory areas during the hiatus, most particularly […]

Moratorium enacted to address drainage issues, what about traffic problems?

Ascension’s nine-month moratorium on the subdivision of property went into effect on July 15 (imposed against Major and Minor Subdivisions, Simple Subdivisions and Family Partitions).  A brief respite as Parish Government grapples with ineffectual, often contradictory provisions found in the Drainage Ordinance, Unified Land Development Code, Subdivision Regulations, Master Plans, Drainage/Traffic Impact policies…The Parish Council […]

Orgeron is second council member officially targeted for recall

The second Recall Petition against an Ascension Parish Council member on Wednesday, this one targeting first-termer Corey Orgeron of Prairieville’s District 4.  Citing Orgeron’s “Blatant disregard of the will of his constituents” as the Reason for Recall, the group could have filled up a separate page with other reasons.  Chaired by Donna Jones with longtime critic […]

Recall Teri Casso first to file as preparations continue against others

Six separate groups having formed, targeting six Ascension Parish Council members.  The first to file is Recall Teri Casso which submitted its paperwork with Louisiana’s Secretary of State on Monday.  With a Political Action Committee formed to assist in the recall effort, the group took to social media to proclaim: “After weeks of planning and preparation, we […]

Buzzard Roost preliminary plat approval rescinded

It is not very often that a preliminary plat, already approved, is rescinded but that is just what happened on Wednesday to Buzzard Roost (Industrial Park)’s 1st Filing.  Six months having elapsed since the January 13 videoconference approval without construction drawings having been submitted, the plat is automatically rescinded unless the Planning Commission decides to extend.  […]

Recall petitions against Orgeron and Casso to be filed this week

Among the Ascension Parish Council recall targets is third-term District 8 representative, Chairwoman Teri Casso; and first-term District 4 councilman, Corey Orgeron.  It appears the requisite petitions to launch the effort will be filed against them this week.  Orgeron, paradoxically the most ignorant but loudest yammerer on the body, is perceived to be the lowest […]

Citizen’s “smoking gun” exposes Lawler’s “bum deal” with Willow Lake residents

Willow Lake Subdivision’s lakes continue to suffer intrusion of silt from Oak Grove Townhomes‘ development to the north.  A regrettable situation which should never have occurred…and would not have if Dantin Bruce Development, LLC was a better corporate neighbor and Willow Lakes’ elected representative had not engineered its plat approval.  Councilman Aaron Lawler was called […]

Commissioner Ken Firmin changes vote to approve (once denied) Delaune Estates

What has changed since Antebellum Pointe subdivision was denied by a 4-3 vote of Ascension’s Planning Commission on March 11, 2020?  Enough to garner approval of the re-branded Delaune Estates, the same 237 lots planned west of Hwy 73, south of White Road in Prairieville.  A roomful of residents went home unhappy on Wednesday when the one-vote denial […]