Chem Friends Week, Trick-or-Treating times announced

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

GONZLAES- Ascension Parish Council held its regularly monthly meeting Oct. 15. Absent from the meeting were Councilmen Chris Loar and Kent Schexnaydre and Councilwoman Teri Casso.

Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaimed Wednesday, Nov. 11, as “Jack Watson Day,” as well as Nov. 1 – 7 as “Chem Friends Week” in Ascension Parish. The Chem Friends Expo will be held Nov. 4-5 at the Gonzales Civic Center. This event helps raise interest in science and chemistry for sixth-grade students parish wide. It is estimated that around 1,800 students will attends this years expo. 

Martinez also recognized the Baton Rouge United-Way Jambalaya Cook-off champions, Louis Lambert, Kevin Landry, Roger Johnson, and Jimmy Sharbanet with Atmos Energy.

The Ascension Veterans Association will be sponsoring the Veterans Day parade again this year, which will take place on Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. The line up will begin on Irma Blvd. Additionally, a Veterans Day ceremony will be held Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., with Parish President Tommy Martinez as this years guest speaker. Meals will be provided to those in attendance. As part of the Reach Across America program, citizens will be able to purchase a $15 reef to put on any veterans grave on Veterans Day. More information will be given at the next council meeting.

A motion to approve the following consent agendas items were passed; the approval of new construction of the parish's Fire District 3 station, an amendment to Master Contract for professional services for an additional $18,000 for additional services needed on the La. 73 Road Widening Project, an amendment with Mougeot Architecture for an additional $16,107.47 to rebid and redesign installation of the emergency backup generator at the Governmental Complex, and to accept the lowest bids for the Polyvinyl Chlorine Sewer/ Drainage Pipe, Limestone Grade 57, bunker gear and accessories for firefighters District 1, and an aluminum box culvert replacement for the Lemanville Cutoff Bridge. Also, a project change for the 2013 Road Maintenance Project for emergency road repairs on Park Ave. to increase the contract by $64,431.77, as well as to increase the contract amount by $75,000 for a modify design of typical section for Bayou Terrace Road and a change order to add Delatte Road to the project, adding a pay item for 4 in. Thermosplastic Striping, increasing the contract length by 30 days and the amount by $180,090.99.

Trick-or-treating this year will be on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The council voted to remain using Humana as the 2016 health insurance provider. Premiums for life, dental and vision will remain the same, as well as the parish continuing to pay 75 percent of the monthly premiums for Ascension Parish employes. The high deductible health plan will remain the same as last year. 

Two ordinances were introduced, an ordinance to adopt the 2015 amended budget and the 2016 budget for the Parish of Ascension and an ordinance to update rental charges at Lamar Dixon Expo Center.

Three motions were passed by the council, to amend the Ascension Parish Zoning Map from medium intensity residential to mixed use corridor, medium intensity and high industry located on the west side of La. 18 W, north of Lemanville Cutoff Road; to amend the zoning map from high industry to medium industry and light industry located north and south side of La. 1 North, east of La. 405 for Souvenir, Inc.; and to remove the Dixon House, also known as the Moore House, from the official zoning map as a historical site.