GONZALES – Ascension Parish held its regular meeting Sept. 17.

GONZALES –  Ascension Parish held its regular meeting Sept. 17. Absent from the meeting was Councilmen Daniel Satterlee and Todd Lambert.

     A Certificate of Appreciation was awarded to the Lowe's Heroes Project by Parish President Tommy Martinez for their work with the Ascension Parish Animal Control Center. The Lowe's in Gonzales volunteered at the center this year doing various tasks such as cleaning, painting, installing shelves, and restocking. Lowe's also donated a microwave, pressure washer, and refrigerator, among other things, to the center.

     Martinez also presented a Certificate of Recognition to the Riding of the Bull Fishing Tournament winner Jaime Clouatre. She attended the Grand Isle fishing tournament in Aug. where she placed before 732 other contestants, catching the winning fish that weighed in at 39.18 pounds.

     Martin McConnell and the Balloon Festival committee members gave an update on the upcoming festival, advising attendees to consider taking other routes to the festival this year in order to alleviate traffic. Information on the routes can be found on ascensionballooning.com. McConnell mentioned that no parish tax money was used for the festival again this year, instead, all money is coming from sponsorships and gate and concession sales. The festival will kick off Sept. 25, at 4 p.m.

     The council approved a $59,704 grant from the State Homeland Security Program. Of that money, $14, 926 will be allocated to law enforcement. 

     A 30 day contract extension was granted to WHLC Architecture for the Sorrento Community Center completion. 

     An agreement with Companion Animal Rescue of Ascension was approved, awarding the volunteer group $200,000 annually to run the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter. The 10-year agreement will be effective starting Dec. 1. ownership of the shelter will still be retained by the parish.

     The renaming of St. Amant Park to Roger Clouatre Park was passed. A official ceremony will be held at a later date.

     A motion was passed to accept a proposal from Tetra Tech to provide Disaster Debris Monitoring for Ascension Parish, as well as a proposal from Total Energy Solutions for the installation of a emergency backup generator at the Ascension Parish Governmental Complex. Parish President Tommy Martinez will begin any applicable agreements or contract negotiations for these services.

     Three zoning recommendations were accepted for the Mon Desire Plantation, Ascension Parish zoning map, and the Dixon House.

     Legal Counsel introduced a ordinance to revoke and relocate the 15-ft. Drainage servitude located across Lot C2B3-B and C2B3-C of the Financial Holding Corp. Counsel also read revisions to the Unified Land Development Code stating that when the West Bank Industrial Overlay is passed land owners will go directly to council for any changes that need to be done in that overlay.