The council celebrated Shell Chemical Geismar's 50 years in Ascension.

It was a busy night at the Ascension Parish Council meeting on Thursday. Members celebrated a long-standing chemical plant in the parish, boosted funding for animal rescuers, and introduced new parish officials.

The council celebrated Shell Chemical Geismar's 50 years in Ascension. The council declared October 19, 2017 as Shell Chemical Geismar Day.

Shell has been operating in Geismar since 1967. It's never changed ownership and has remained safe and profitable during its half-century of existence in Ascension Parish. The company is one of the largest employers and taxpayers in the parish with about 680 Shell employees and 600 contract maintenance employees.

The council also approved an additional $150,000 in funding for Cara's House amid a growing animal population in the parish. The increased funding was approved on an 8-2 vote, but members noted that long-term funding mechanisms for the animal rescue operation need to be established in the near future.

Councilman Todd Lambert raised concerns that other charity organizations will seek similar revenue hikes. But Councilman Daniel Satterlee said Cara's House offers a vital service to the parish that needs adequate funding.

James Hebert was appointed as the Chief Building Official, and Taleta Wesley was recognized as the new Human Resources Director. William Daniel was also introduced as the parish's Infrastructure Division Director.

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