GONZALES – Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa announced today that his administration will focus on ten top projects to complete in 2016.
“Ascension Parish is a place where getting things done is the real measure of success. The people are ready for action on roads, sewer, drainage, transparency, and a better quality of life. That’s what we are going to get done this year,” said Matassa.
The ten projects are:
– Two road projects: the St. Landry Rd./Endenborne extension & the St. Landry Rd./Ashland Rd. connector, to ease traffic congestion along Hwy. 30.
– Two waste water projects: the upgrade and connection of waste water treatment facilities in Darrow and Hillaryville and the construction of a waste water discharge line into the Mississippi River, to reduce the impairment of interior waterways and treatment costs.
– Two levee projects: the ring levee at the Astroland Subdivision and the levee at Laurel Ridge.
– The implementation of traffic impact fees on new developments, to invest in infrastructure projects at the places most needed.
– The creation of a traffic master plan, to prioritize traffic improvements.
– The acquisition of People’s Water Service Company in Donaldsonville, to move forward with consolidating water services in West Ascension.
– The construction of a multi-purpose athletic complex at Lamar-Dixon.
– A complete survey and evaluation of parish government, including salary ranges, job descriptions, and manpower usage.
– A complete review and assessment of parish ordinances in order to reduce burdensome regulations and to streamline the functions of government.
– A software update to parish government’s Finance Department to bring all aspects of accounting into a uniform system.
“I’ve reviewed many proposals, realigned departments, consolidated operations, and always remained mindful of taxpayer dollars. These top ten projects are my commitment to Ascension Parish residents, but they are not my only commitments. I will continue to move forward on every possible front to make Ascension Parish the best place to build a home, a business, and a family,” said Matassa.