Upcoming appointments to Planning Commission present Council with clear choices

Each year Ascension’s Parish Council makes appointments to the parish’s Planning Commission, the panel comprised of seven members serving staggered two-year terms.  On February 8 the appointments of Chairman Matthew Pryor, Commissioners Ken Firmin and Richard Carmouche expired (the latter having been seated in October to finish the remainder of former commissioner, Wade Schexnaydre’s term).  […]

New Recreation Director’s analytical approach and Dog Park announced to committee

Newly-hired Recreation Director Michael King was in attendance at last week’s meeting of Ascension’s Council Recreation Committee.  A milestone, indeed, though for some it may have been overshadowed by the progress made toward the parish’s first Dog Park. The park, discussed for years, will utilize two acres owned by the parish on Germany Road as […]

Planning Commission approves 77 lots in Pelican Point; recommends 20′ road requirement in future

On Wednesday Ascension’s Planning Commission approved (by a 5-1 vote) the preliminary plat for 14th Filing for Pelican Point Golf Community-Plantation Commons, the application is for a new filing containing 77 lots.  “This subdivision is located on the west side of Hwy 44 approximately two miles south of Interstate 10,” one of south Ascension’s most […]

Construction of three Hwy 30 roundabouts to begin in early 2022

Representative Ken Brass and a contingent from Louisiana DOTD attended Gonzales’ City Council meeting on Monday to deliver a piece of long-awaited news; three roundabouts planned for Hwy 30 will go out for bid early next year. “It’s a go,” assured Project Manager Josh Harrouch who stated the Final Plan is 90% complete, “and fully funded.” […]

Pendarvis annexation bid rejected by 3-2 vote of Gonzales Council

Gonzales’ Council rejected Dempsey Pendarvis’ petition to annex 3.1 acres into the city on Monday in a 3-2 vote which left Mayor Barney Arceneaux and his predecessor, Johnny Berthelot now occupying a seat on the five-member panel, miffed.  It was not Pendarvis’ first attempt to have the subject acreage, located in the southeast corner of […]

Part of I-10 interchange plan, rules suspended to approve Buzzard Roost Industrial Park

By a 5-1 vote on January 13 (Wednesday), Ascension’s Planning Commission approved the 1st Filing of Buzzard Roost Industrial Park.  The action ignored the fact that Hwy 30 Level of Service is an unacceptable “E;” and the developer reneged on a deal made with neighboring landowners to provide a tree-lined buffer zone to shield residents.  […]

Low bid for gym at Lamar Dixon comes in $840,000 over the budget

Bids to construct a new gym a Lamar Dixon Expo Center (LDEC) are in, but none comes close to the $2.5 million construction budget set in 2019.  Ascension’s Director of Planning and Facility Maintenance, Ricky Compton delivered the bad news to the Parish Council’s Recreation Committee on Tuesday.  The low bid is $840,000 over the project budget. […]

Cointment lauds parish crews, details drainage improvements in 2020

I am responding to the article titled “Another year passes without Major Drainage improvement” on 12/28/2020 (see link below) in this publication which implied that nothing has been accomplished in major drainage this year.  This is misleading on several fronts. Another year passes without Major Drainage improvements This is misleading on several fronts. First, I […]

Orgeron cannot get a quorum for his Emergency Meeting

Reminiscent of his District 4 predecessor, Councilman Corey Orgeron called an Emergency Meeting of the Utilities Committee he chairs for Wednesday and failed to garner a quorum.  What was so urgent?  The proposed agenda included: a. Discuss status of the recent boil advisory (Councilman Thomas) b. Review proposed Utilities budget (Director Dawson) c. Propose election to […]

23,000 residential lots approved since Ascension adopted Home Rule, more on the way

In 1994 Ascension Parish’s population was 63,925 and advocates of “maintaining rural character” could still be taken seriously.  Hamstrung by the pettiness that comes with parochial police jury politics, 64% (4166 voters out of 6523 votes cast) of the electorate opted for Home Rule as Ascension scrapped the (some said) outmoded form of governance.  1994 […]