Ordinances called into question, local anchor/producer honored

Gina Zanutto
July 22 was officially named Jenny Heroman Day in?Ascension Parish.

An unusual amount of objections regarding condemnation proceedings and drainage laws occurred at the Ascension Parish Council meeting recently.

Chief Building Official Lavern Bourgeois presented condemnation orders for three properties, however, only one, 42173 Clouatre Road in Gonzales, was officially condemned by the Council.   

“Some progress must be shown in the next 30 to 60 days,” Councilman Kent Schexnaydre said.

Only two of four drainage laws received approval from the Council due to disputes by Bill Aguillard, a former DPW employee, who insisted that some of the laws’ requirements were not feasible and  the text and content of ordinances should be available online.

DR11-02, immediately introduced and passed by the Council, clarified language in the Unified Land Development Code to ensure that its applicability did not supersede other state or local regulations. DR11-05, the final ordinance introduced and passed by the Council, brought Ascension storm water drainage, sedimentation/erosion and construction plans in line with EPA requirements.

Both DR11-03 and DR11-04, which respectively pertained to flow rate and upstream parcel regulations as well as language clarification and loophole elimination, were tabled at the suggestion of Councilman Schexnaydre and Aguillard for inspection prior to the next meeting.

“This needs to be published somewhere,” Aguillard said. “We need to further study this.”

Parish President Tommy Martinez also presented several commendations to local residents and organizations. The Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Leadership Ascension for their Ascension Firehouse Project, which provides housing for fire victims.

“I think this is a great project that tops all the others,” Martinez said.

Martinez congratulated the many “Jambalaya Champs” with Certificates of Achievement, and “Up with Words Dictionary Project” was also highlighted.

Jenny Heroman, anchor and producer of the EATEL Community Connection program, was granted an honorary parish presidency, and July 22 was declared “Jenny Heroman Day” in Ascension Parish.

“She is a positive force in Ascension Parish,” Martinez said.

Heroman added, “This is the biggest honor of my career.  I am truly humbled by and appreciative of this distinguished recognition.  I love Ascension Parish and treasure all of the friends and colleagues I have here.  For the Parish President, the Parish Council Chairman and the Parish Council to go out of their way to recognize me and my work like this, it just brings tears to my eyes.  I am so proud of the fact that EATEL and I have created a show that’s 100 percent positive and community-focused on this special area.”