Redistricting Plan B2 approved; Landry honored by Council

Gina Zanutto

It was policy and celebrity at the Ascension Parish Council meeting last Thursday evening.

Plan B2, which pertains to redistricting Ascension Parish voting lines according to the most recent census, was approved by the Council despite numerous objections by Council member Joseph Oliver, who was the sole supporter of the opposing Plan A2. The details regarding the new political territories will be detailed at the next meeting, scheduled for the following week.

Additionally, Troy Landry, star of the History Channel reality show “Swamp People,” made an appearance at the meeting on June 16.

“People like Troy Landry go out and showcase what Southern Louisiana is all about,” said Parish President Tommy Martinez.

Local officials, including Parish President Martinez,  City Clerk Clay Stafford and Sheriff Jeff Wiley, presented Landry with a key to the city of Gonzales as well as various awards declaring him an honorary citizen, an honorary sheriff and an honorary parish president. Sheriff Wiley stated that Landry is “an ambassador for the Parish and the state of Louisiana.”

“This is quite an honor,” Landry said. “I never would have dreamed that me and my boys out hunting big alligators would turn into this.

Council member Kent Schexnaydre was publicly commended by the Council for his work in Joplin, MO. Schexnaydre visited the devastated area with the Jambalaya Festival Association and returned several days ago.

“I had an opportunity to go, and I’m really glad I did,” Schexnaydre said. “It was hard work, but we still had a good time helping out a very good cause.”

Dr. Elizabeth Neely was introduced as the new executive director for the Ascension Parish Fund, an organization dedicated to raising education endowments. Neely stated that the Ascension area is the “fastest growing parish in the state” and that her organization is devoted to bettering schools in the region.

“We have a lot of amazing teachers here,” Neely said. “I know many of you are familiar with my organization, and anyone who wishes to help can volunteer or donate.”

The Council also amended the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the Board of Supervisors and Louisiana State University. The contract contained a misprint stating the duration of terms as five years when it was intended to last for only a single year.