Vision or Pipe Dream for Ascension’s future: The CPEX Master Land Use Plan

Enumerating 29 Guiding Principles (nearly enough that every citizen in attendance could have his/her own), Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX) unveiled its latest proposal for a Master Land Use Plan at Gonzales Civic Center on Wednesday.  CPEX’s Vision for the Future of Ascension attempts to incorporate a lot of something for everyone, a bridge over the Mississippi […]

Assessor and employees raise funds for the Gonzales Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

The impact of cancer and the devastation it brings to its victims and their families is all too familiar.  The Ascension Parish Assessor’s Office, like many other offices and families throughout the parish, have witnessed family members, friends and coworkers fight this battle up close and personal.  So this October during “Breast Cancer Awareness month”, […]

Oak Lake developers will be excited to hear…Conway Roundabout construction kickoff meeting scheduled

A “construction kickoff” meeting for the roundabout planned for Hwy 44 at the entrance/exit of Conway subdivision in south Gonzales is scheduled for Wednesday, December 5.  That is according to City of Gonzales Engineer Jackie Baumann who excitedly informed the city council on Monday. The roundabout, or lack thereof, has delayed a subdivision on the […]

Guilty Pleas for the Week of November 19-23

During the week of November 19-November 23, 2018, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23rd Judicial District Court, Ascension Parish: Everett Maiden, 9449 Langham Dr. Baton Rouge, LA., age 19, pled guilty to Simple Burglary (2 counts) and was sentenced to 4 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections […]

Gonzales City Council meeting agenda (11/26)

A REGULAR MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCILMEN OF THE CITY OF GONZALES Monday, November 26, 2018  AT 5:30 P.M @ City Hall AGENDA Call to Order. Invocation. Pledge of Allegiance. Roll Call. Minutes of a Regular Meeting of the City Council taken, November 12, 2018. Presentation of Guest: (a) Open for Citizens of Gonzales, […]

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, […]

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 […]