Matassa’s illegal $27,456 raise (and other tales of pillage in parish government)

NOTE: We first published the following piece on December 15, 2019.  Since the current administration has weighed in at The Advocate’s prodding, we republish today. The Corrupt Organization (we don’t think it’s Racketeering Influenced, RICO) that is Kenny Matassa’s administration has been a blight on Ascension Parish for four years.  With two weeks left before that cancer […]

The PEOPLE won on Friday; Sewer deal DENIED, rescheduled for January 23

The power of THE PEOPLE was evidenced last night as their Parish Council postponed the momentous decision, whether or NOT to approve a controversial agreement with Bernhard Capital Partners-backed Ascension Sewer, LLC.  The PEOPLE showed up in force, unhappy and unwilling to endure lectures or pontification from Ascension officials, elected or not.  Anticipated to be an […]

Ascension’s first Stormwater Manager out in less than six months. How’d he last that long?

Oh, Malcolm, we hardly knew ye! Introduced by Infrastructure Director William Daniel in April, Ascension’s first ever Stormwater Program Manager Malcolm Sayes almost made it six months.  In a recent group email sent from Parish Government, the alert was included almost matter-of-factly.  Dated September 30, that email closed with: Malcom Sayes is no longer with […]

Aaron Lawler supports Higher Density residential for Ascension

Reading Councilman Aaron Lawler’s latest social media diatribe against an unnamed candidate, we are reminded of the adage (variously attributed to Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln, you can’t go wrong there): ‘Tis better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt. Lawler, to the delight of Kim Christy […]

Corey “the Bald-Faced Liar” Orgeron is at it again

Since a certain District 4 candidate has seen fit to drag your editor into his disinformation campaign, see below, we decided to join the discourse.  If we were in the habit of sugar-coating things we’d say of Corey Orgeron; “he’s got a penchant for hyperbole and a tenuous grasp of the facts.”  Since we aren’t, […]

AG opines that power to approve subdivision may be taken away from Planning Commission

O’Neil Parenton’s attempt to game the system nothwithstanding, Louisiana’s Attorney General opined that Ascension’s Planning Commission could be stripped of its power to approve subdivision preliminary plats by amendment of the Home Rule Charter. The AG opined nine months after receiving Ascension’s request that posed two questions: Can Ascension Parish Council through a Charter Amendment […]

Matassa, his skyrocketing operations budget, and a feckless Council

It is not very often that hard numbers are presented, even less frequent that definitive declarations are made, relating to Ascension Parish Government fiscal matters.  It makes one appreciate the simplicity of bar graphs all the more.  Faulk & Winkler’s Tommy Lejeune and Jacob Waguespack presented the one above (see below for others) at last week’s […]

Matassa adds 140 employees, $5.3 Million to Ascension’s payroll (and counting)

President Kenny Matassa inherited a 403-man personnel roster from his predecessor, with a total payroll of $17,437,530 according to records produced by Ascension Parish Government on February 10, 2016.  Matassa had been on the job 34 days, having already gotten rid of former lead engineer Bob Horner in a personnel move to belie the monumental […]

What does it cost to hire Meyer Engineering for a splash pad in AP? $49,900, logarithmically speaking

If we learned nothing else at Thursday’s Council meeting, it was determined how much it cost to engineer a splash pad in Ascension Parish.  If you’re part of the taxpaying public… $49,900 That’s a different question than; what’s it cost to be given the no-bid contract to perform the engineering of a splash pad? Whether […]

First Anniversary: Jamestown Crossing preliminary plat approval

One year ago today Ascension’s Planning Commission approved Jamestown Crossing (two phases), 172 lots on either side of Hwy 930.  It was the last plat approval before the Parish Council enacted a stringent Traffic Impact Analysis policy that would have, in all probability, killed the project.  Hwy 930, a substandard roadway, runs into one of Ascension’s busiest, Hwy […]