Hotel/Motel tax would pay for Gonzales Performing Arts Center

On December 8 voters in the City of Gonzales will decide the fate of a 2% hotel occupancy tax dedicated to Performance Arts Conference & Events Center (PACE).  Mayor Barney Arceneaux and a unanimous City Council support the assessment to meet a need in Gonzales without burdening residents with additional cost.  Multiple renderings would be considered, along […]

Satterlee-chaired committee continues improvement of Development Code

Since Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee assumed the chairmanship of Ascension’s Council committee on Strategic Planning in January of 2016 new subdivision approvals has been a primary focus.  A regular critic of the Planning Commission which approves (and once in a while, denies) Major Subdivision preliminary and final plats, Satterlee has ruffled more than a few […]

Wesley accuses parish president of race/gender discrimination, retaliation in failed appeal

Wesley: There was a witch hunt for me because I was black. Fired on September 12, Ascension’s former Human Resources Director Taleta Wesley’s appeal to the Parish Council failed on Thursday night when four members voted to overturn President Kenny Matassa’s decision.  Needing two-thirds of the 11-member body, that left Wesley four votes short.  On […]

Developer withdraws request to nullify roundabout requirement at Oak Lake Subdivision

A recent drive through Oak Lake Subdivision yielded a count of 38 rooftops, all of which are included in the first of three planned phases.  On Wednesday the developmer, DR Horton was scheduled to appear before the Planning Commission for a variance seeking to nullify certain requirements for Final Plat approval.  Its engineer, Jake Lambert, […]

Is Planning Commission in the bag for developers? Tonight’s Oak Lake request is litmus test

Is Ascension’s Planning Commission (at least a majority of the seven-member body) irretrievably, irredeemably, unabashedly in the bag for subdivision developers?  Tonight’s meeting agenda includes a litmus test. A) Oak Lake 2nd and 3rd Filings: The subject property is located on the west side of LA Hwy 44 south of I-10 in Council District 2 […]

Parish seeks Declaratory Judgment against former HR Director’s records request

On the job 13 months, Taleta Wesley was fired from her job heading up Ascension Parish’s Human Resources Department on September 12.  Wesley filed three records request, one on the day of her termination and two more on September 13, seeking text messages and emails sent by top officials in President Kenny Matassa’s administration as […]

Pettit to Parish Council: “Out of control” Planning Commission must be stopped

Since Councilman Daniel “Doc” Satterlee assumed the chair of Strategic Planning in 2016 the committee has focused on fixing all that is wrong with Ascension’s Planning Commission; and that is a gargantuan task.  Thursday’s meeting took on the commission’s practice of approving subdivision preliminary plats with strings attached in the form of conditions and contingencies […]

Lanoux wins seat on Parish Court bench

Erin Wiley Lanoux won the seat on Ascension’s Parish Court bench last night, comfortably besting Kim Landry to succeed Judge Marilyn Lambert who is stepping aside after two decades of service.  Landry more than held her own among voters in the densely populated northwest corner of Ascension where new residents outnumber parish natives.  Lanoux’s support in […]

Drainage Board authorizes $500,000 for roadside ditch work; Fate of millage decided today

On Monday East Ascension Drainage Board approved an additional $500,000 to an existing $250,000 contract with On Grade Construction to dig roadside ditches.  Confronted with a two-year backlog of work orders, the Board engaged On Grade in September, 18 months after former Drainage Director Bill Roux admitted the backlog.  It came the day before voters […]

Prevost Hospital Administrator: Cutting tax in half would be disastrous

Tomorrow voters in West Ascension Parish will decide whether or not to cut the current one-half cent sales tax that funds Prevost Memorial Hospital in half.  Hospital Administrator Vince Cataldo, who has been employed at Prevost since it opened in 1968, believes the sales tax reduction would be disastrous for the people of Donaldsonville and […]