Electing Council Chair: Why it matters and who should win

Arguably the second most powerful position in Parish Government, it matters who is seated in the Council’s chair.  Once near absolute, control of every agenda considered by the governing authority has been loosened in a recently codified ordinance allowing three council signatures to set (or is it place?) an agenda item for consideration.  But the […]

Wanna slow subdivision development? Implement drainage regs like Tangipahoa just did

Tangipahoa’s Parish Council just approved regulations disallowing subdivision developers from building houses in wetlands and flood zones.  Meanwhile, in Ascension Parish where Councilman Dempsey Lambert chairs East Ascension Drainage Board, the governing authority continues to kick the can down the road.  Why? Because implementation of already proposed revisions would curtail irresponsible subdivision development in Ascension?  […]

More cronies who made Matassa Claus’ nice list

Membership has its privileges and, if you happen to be an insider in Parish President Kenny Matassa’s circle, privilege becomes entitlement; the taxpayers of Ascension Parish owe those insiders a living.   GSA Consulting Engineers, good for a maximum $2,500 contribution and a place for Matassa’s campaign to meet every Tuesday in 2015 was the recipient […]

37 Subdivisions/4015 housing units approved by Planning since 2015 (See where new neighbors will locate)

In 2015 there were 1,950 individual residential units authorized by Ascension’s Planning Commission which approved 14 subdivision preliminary plats.  With 2018 in the books plat approval has averaged a comparatively meager eight per year over the past three years.  The bad news for all those frustrated by worsening traffic and overwhelmed infrastructure generally, only 325 […]

2018-19 Students of the Year

Donaldsonville, LA. – Ascension Public Schools announces the 2018-19 Students of the Year for fifth, eighth and twelfth grades. These outstanding students will be recognized at the Jan. 22, 2019, Ascension Parish School Board meeting, and the district winners will be named at that time. “We always enjoy celebrating the accomplishments of our students,” said Superintendent David […]

Who is Ascension’s next Council Chairperson?

Bill Dawson’s reign as Parish Council Chairman is coming to an end after two years of turbulence, more than a little intra-council rancor, much of it attributable to Dawson, himself.  His tenure in the chair coincided with an indictment of President Kenny Matassa followed by Dawson’s failed attempt to abolish the presidency in exchange for […]

City Council to select site for Gonzales Performing Arts/Conference Center on March 11

Gonzales’ five-member Industrial Development Board has been tasked with consideration of site proposals for a Performing Arts Conference and Events (PACE) Center received by the end of February 2019.  City voters approved a 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax on December 8 which is dedicated to funding the center.  The final decision is the City Council’s, and […]

Commission denies subdivision proposed on Roddy/Cannon roads

Amalfi Coast in Italy is world renowned for its mysterious grottos, spectacular cliffs, and shimmering bay.  Amalfi Cove is the 105-lot subdivision on 35.7 acres along one of the most substandard roads in Ascension Parish…Cannon Road near its intersection with Roddy Road.  Four Planning Commissioners voted to deny its preliminary plat at Wednesday’s meeting with developer Ross […]

$247 Million project “wish list” approved by EA Drainage Board

Four months ago Ascension’s Parish Council was visited by Paul Sawyer, Congressman Garret Graves’ Chief of Staff, who recommended preparing “a wish list” of drainage projects in anticipation of $1.237 billion being made available through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.  HNTB engineers, the go-to firm for Ascension, was hired to prepare that list […]

North Ascension voters lead way to passage of Animal Shelter tax

The voting precincts corresponding to Ascension’s northernmost Parish Council districts led the way in approval of Saturday’s 1-mill property tax assessment to fund an Animal Shelter.  Districts 4, 5, 7, and 11 are home to a higher percentage of newly-arrived residents, less familiar to Ascension-style politics than we old-timers.  Voters in those districts accounted for […]