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Why would Ascension taxpayer subsidize private wastewater company?

This cooperative agreement would be better titled “Stinky Business in Ascension Parish.”  I have read the agreement.  Every taxpayer should be as shocked as I am by this waste (no pun intended) to use public funds to subsidize a private business.  And every council member should be ashamed to support such a use of public […]

Where have all those drainage maintenance MILLIONS gone?

District 9 Councilman Todd Lambert recently lobbied for renewal of the 5 mill property tax assessment coming to a ballot near you on November 6.  Five east bank Ascension mills is worth over $5 million annually.  According to Lambert the ad valorem  assessment is dedicated maintenance of drainage ditches and canals. On April 5 Lambert […]

Pettit: Abolish Planning Commission/enact moratorium

Why does the Houston City Council accomplish meaningful floodplain development reform in less than a year while here in Ascension Parish , almost two years after historic flooding, we spend $750,000 with HNTB and we get nothing? https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Houston-City-Council-adopts-stricter-flood-plain-12805504.php?src=hp_totn Bill Roux, recently retired DPW/Drainage Director, promised a floodplain management plan in the fall of 2016. A […]

Urban Systems buried traffic analysis on Transportation agenda (two years late); another $250,000 for HNTB

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE MEETING April 9, 2018 – 6:00 PM Courthouse East, 2nd Floor, 828 S. Irma Blvd. Gonzales, LA 70737 AGENDA (1) Call to Order / Roll Call of Members (2) Invocation / Pledge (3) Public Comment Period (4) Committee Chairman’s Report (5) Acceptance of minutes of February 28, 2018 meeting as written. (6) Roads […]

Parish drainage $$$ devoted to new development as rest of Ascension neglected

Earlier this month West Main Street, extending through the City of Gonzales to its terminus at Cornerview Road in unincorporated Ascension Parish, was closed to through traffic.  Since the road is one which I travel on regular basis it was of some interest to me.  As it turns out, Ascension Parish equipment was employed to […]

Jimmy Babin’s common sense solution to drainage

NOTE:  Pelican Post first ran the following in the days after August 2016’s flood.  The issues addressed continue to plague Ascension and neighboring parishes. The problem started with the rain that fell within 3 days of over 30 inches due to a cell setting over us from the Gulf of Mexico. Starting on the day it started […]

Constituent shares Jamestown Crossing concerns with Council Representative

Mr. Johnson, I am a constituent in your district that will be affected by the newly proposed subdivision Jamestown crossing. I own the property that adjoins the proposed subdivision. My land is 5.35 acres that runs from AN White Road to Parker Road with Hunters Trace to the east and the proposed subdivision to the […]

Who does District 7 Councilman represent?

Work left to do?  We wonder if District 7 Councilman Aaron Lawler will appear at the March 14 Reconsideration of the once denied Oak Grove Townhouses and, if so, whose interests will he defend? NOTE:  As always, we invite response, commentary, explanation, even invective from the councilman and anyone else who cares to opine.

Maybe Doc Satterlee had a point after all

A few months back Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee proposed holding all meetings of the Parish Council in Gonzales, in large part because the facilities are state of the art in comparison to Donaldsonville’s historic courthouse. Among the drawbacks to historic sites, sometimes they don’t feature all the conveniences of the modern age.  

Renewal of Drainage tax? How about itemizing current expenditures?

EA Drainage Board will consider renewal of the current 5-mil property tax, set to expire at the end of 2018, on the ballot.  How about a detailed explanation of how the revenues generated from the current tax have been expended?