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) […]

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 […]

Cointment and Parish Council face difficult fiscal decisions in 2021

Introducing the proposed 2021 Budget Ordinance on Thursday, President Clint Cointment’s administration is forced to cope with a stark reality inherited from his predecessor’s four-year tenure.  While Ascension Parish continues to enjoy healthy revenue generation ($46.5 million from three Sales Tax districts and $30.3 million in property tax assessments, along with many more millions in […]

Orgeron: We’re going to be entering an agreement with NWI/Ascension Sewer

Where does the proposed Cooperative Endeavor Agreement (CEA) between Ascension Sewer/National Water Infrastructure (NWI) and Ascension Parish Government stand? As the three-sided (NWI, President Clint Cointment’s administration and four members of the Parish Council) negotiation over east bank sewer treatment progresses, no details have issued since August 21.  That’s when NWI forwarded its latest proposal, […]

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 […]

Remembering the man who made Antebellum Pointe’s denial possible

Four members of Ascension’s Council are being praised for their votes to uphold Antebellum Pointe subdivision’s denial on Monday, six are being excoriated.  Lost in the maelstrom is the recognition due the individual whose efforts made it possible… Former District 4 Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee Among the most outspoken members ever to serve, Satterlee single-handedly […]

What is Corey “One Apple at a Time” Orgeron going to do now?

The depth of Corey “One Apple at a Time” Orgeron’s hypocrisy will be plumbed tonight.  On Monday, from his Utilities Committee chair, Orgeron explained why he would not vote to appropriate $200,000 for President Clint Cointment’s administration to explore inspection/monitoring of Individual Treatment Units (separate and apart from those subdivision systems served by private wastewater […]