Governmental complex to cut ribbon

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles

     GONZALES – Ascension Parish held its regular council meeting on Nov. 19. Absent from the meeting was Councilmen Chris Loar, Todd Lambert and Dempsey Lambert.

     The meeting commenced with presentations by Parish President Tommy Martinez, who proclaimed Nov. 19, 2015, to be Van Lambert Day and Nov. 20, 2015, to be Iva Lambert Tullier Day. A proclamation was also made to make November National Hospice Palliative Care Month in Ascension Parish.

     A motion was passed to approve the minutes from the Oct. 1, Oct. 15 and Nov. 5 council meetings.

     The council approved a bid from Quality Sitework Materials for reinforced concrete pipes and arched pipe.

     A motion was passed to increase the contract sum regarding 4-H improvements by $88,883.92, which is to be paid out of the CBDG grant project fund.

     The property located at 3548 La. 1 in Donaldsonvile was voted by the council to be condemned.

     A motion was passed approving the intergovernmental agreement between the Ascension Parish Communications District and the Ascension Parish Fire Protection Districts 1 and 3 for costs associated with programming, maintenance, dispatch and tower services for the radio communication systems.

     A change order was approved to add $1,695 to change a misplaced outlet in the TV studio room of the new governmental complex. A certificate of substantial completion was also approved for the governmental complex. A ribbon cutting for the new building will be held on Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m., Martinez said.

     The council discussed the rezoning of the Walker property, located at the north side of Weber city Road, to change from rural to medium intensity residential. Three residents came before the council asking them to deny the rezoning due to concerns with drainage, traffic, and sewage issues. It was voted to deny the rezoning request.

     Four ordinances were introduced; a change to the Parish zoning map to change from conservation to light industrial on the 37.957 acres of the Hilton Haydel property, a revision to the Subdivision Regulation in the Unified Land Development Code to extended the preliminary plat procedure from 30 days to 60 days in order to give the staff and engineers more time to review proposals, a revision to the Drainage Regulations in the Unified Land Development Code, which will verify that what is being built is done correctly, and a revision to the Subdivision Regulations in the Unified Land Development Code for Family Partition.

     An ordinance was approved to update the rental charges at Lamar Dixon Expo Center. Per the ordinance, the 4-H building rental will be $2,500 per day, $1,000 per day for ticketed events in the arena and $650 per day for non-ticketed events in the arena.

     Concluding the meeting was an ordinance approval to revoke the existing 15 feet servitude that runs on the south lines of Lots 2A and 2B-1B of the Parent Partition for Rutco Agency.