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 […]

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, […]

A Brief History of Ascension’s (f)utility: Eight councils have attempted parish-wide sewer

On February 17, 1994 the inaugural Ascension Parish Council, its membership converted Police Jurymen, held the fourth meeting in its six week history.  Councilman Joseph Pierre initiated a discussion about “very much needed parish-wide sewerage and water.”  Fast forward nearly 27 years and the council is still having that discussion; though Ascension has never been […]

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) […]

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 […]

Taxpayers were not supposed pay for new courthouse (the $3 Million council resolution)

Below you will find the resolution, unadulterated and in its entirety, whereby Ascension’s Parish Council seeks to offer up $3,000,000 for, in part, “Audio Visual Equipment for the Courtrooms at the New Courthouse.”  This project was pitched from its inception under former President Kenny Matassa (recall Judge Jason Verdigets’ recusal in the criminal case because […]