Ascension should get out of the Sewer Business. Vote YES on April 24

Early voting for the April 24 election to approve, or not, the Sewer Conveyance and Franchise Agreement proposed between National Water Infrastructure, Inc. (NWI) and the parish begins on Saturday (April 10-April 17, excluding Sunday).  If you are a taxpayer in Ascension Parish, or one of those individuals representing them, there is a lot to like about […]

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, […]

Approving subdivision plats with conditions will end up costing the parish

One of the perplexing practices of Ascension’s Planning Commission, preliminary plat approvals subject to whimsical conditions placed upon development has led to numerous misunderstandings over the years.  Consider Riverton Subdivision, approved on March 9, 2016 when elements of the parish’s Uniform Land Development Code were disregarded to approve 780 lots on Hwy 22 in Darrow.  It exemplifies the […]

Riverton Traffic Impact Study bait and switch typifies why citizens DO NOT trust Planning

“This subdivision, when it’s built out, is going to generate a lot of traffic…Going to throw that whole area into gridlock.  The roadways cannot handle it.”-Former Ascension Parish Engineer Bob Turner on March 9, 2016 during Planning Commission consideration of Riverton Subdivision. Five years ago yesterday, with former Planning Director Ricky Compton having been fired five […]

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 […]