Robert prevails over Lawler…again

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has wrapped up its “confidential investigation” of a 2021 agreement between Ascension Parish and Councilman Joel Robert’s family-owned company.  Pursuant to the deal Ascension Parish briefly deposited “surplus excavated materials” from the New River dredging project onto property owned by Robert’s family.  No ethical violations were cited. On June 23, […]

EA Drainage’s 2021 coup attempt is over (Cointment wins big)

The only noteworthy item on Monday’s East Ascension Drainage Board agenda was the one omitted.  Nearly 13 months ago it appeared that President Clint Cointment had been forced into a power-sharing agreement whereby an, as yet unidentified, Drainage Director would be hired to usurp certain of the parish chief executive’s authority over drainage.  The usurpation […]

Grand Old Party has to do better

NOTE:  Pelican Post’s first (and probably last) caption writing contest.  Submit entries via the comment section and/or Facebook page.  We’ll start: Maybe it is time to defund the police. Laughing Academy IV: Citizens on Patrol Badges?  We don’t need no stinking badges. They do know the election is not for Chief of Poli..oh, nevermind. “You’re […]

Lawler attempting ouster of Chase Melancon as council lines redrawn

Ascension Parish Council district lines must be redrawn since the latest decennial census numbers were revealed for 2020.  Slithering snake that he is, Councilman Aaron Lawler is urging colleagues to vote for a new map placing current District 6 Councilman Chase Melancon’s residence in District 2.  Joel Robert is the District 2 incumbent, and a […]

Orgeron wants 11 homebuilders involved in subdivision moratorium process

Councilman Corey Orgeron, in a seven minute screed directed at…well, himself and nine colleagues comprising East Ascension Drainage Board, opined about the moratorium against subdivisions of residential and commercial property recently proposed by President Clint Cointment.  A nonsensical diatribe (at one point Orgeron blamed his lack of lucidity on low blood sugar induced by missing […]

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, […]

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 […]

Corey Orgeron’s social media meltdown aims accusations at Cointment, denigrates Compton

At least Orgeron concedes that 20′ roads are safer for school buses to travel than 18′ roads. Future one-term council member, the now un-electable Corey Orgeron is not a fan of Pelican Post or our editor (yours truly). Neither is he fond of President Clint Cointment and newly-appointed Director of Planning and Facility Maintenance Ricky […]

Orgeron/Cagnolatti (Lambert a no show) reject school bus safety measure AGAIN

The photos above probably seem self-explanatory to you, and a pretty compelling argument that Ascension’s 18′ roadways pose a dangerous condition for busloads of kids competing for space.  But you are not a member of the Ascension Parish Council’s Strategic Planning Committee where a second attempt to require 20′ roadways for any proposed residential subdivision […]

Orgeron leaves Casso holding the bag as Sewer Committee disbanding after one (official) meeting

Mercifully, the six-member committee created to negotiate with Ascension Sewer, LLC is on its way to oblivion, said committee having unanimously voted to disband at its first and only meeting on Tuesday.  It was an awful idea from inception, made worse when half of the six -member team conducted an April 30 Zoom conference with […]