Ratification of administration officials postponed indefinitely

Brandie Richardson @B_lifestyles

A ratification of five administrative officials from Parish President Kenny Mattassa was discussed during the Nov. 3 Parish Council meeting. The positions calling for ratification were Chief Administrative Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Planning Director, Public Works Director and Human Resources Director.

Councilman Daniel Satterlee suggested a substitute motion, proposing the ratifications be postponed indefinitely until the organizational reviews from SSA Consultants are completed early next year.

Personnel Committee recommendations for the Library Board, Board of Adjustments, Human Resources Review Board, Mental Health and Addictive Disorders Advisory Board, ACUD #1 Board and the Fire Protection District #3 Board were appointed during the meeting.

Three Library Board members spoke in support of Cornell Bourgeois, who was up for Library Board re-appointment, against the committee recommendation of Ryland Percy III.

"This is an award winning library system and the way we become an award winning library system is to have an award winning library board," said Ascension Parish Library Director Angelle Deshautelles.

Councilman Todd Lambert also spoke in support of Bourgeois, saying his experience is an asset to the board.

"To loose that much experience on a board, I think would hurt the library board and the library," Lambert said. "We have had no problems with our library. Our libraries ran first class. There have been no issues with our library."

In an 8-2 vote, the council voted to appoint Percy to the Library Board.

Planning and Development Director Jerome Fournier announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had completed their assessments of Ascension Parish. As of the time of the council meeting, the agency had completed assessments of 8,334 properties, of which 16 percent were deemed substantially damaged.

Fournier said assessment letters are expected to me mailed out sometime this week to homeowners. For anyone having questions, information can be found by calling (225) 532-3008.

An ordinance was passed revoking an existing 15 foot servitude located across the middle of Cajun Industrial Design and Constitution lot.

Three ordinances were introduced, one to revoke and abandon a right of way on Lottie Henderson Road for Crawfish Properties, another to amend the zoning map from Mixed Use to Small Planned Unit Development on the west side of La. 73 north of Southwood Village Ave. for Cloverdale Subdivision and another to correct millage ordinance one that incorrectly stated the 2016 adjusted millage for Fire Protection District #3.

After questions concerning specifics of the ordinance to install GPS systems in Parish vehicles and equipment, the ordinance was deferred until the Nov. 17 council meeting.

A proclamation was introduced proclaiming October as Dysautonomia Awareness Month in Ascension Parish.

Matassa announced that a HUD Disaster Relief Fair will be held at the Trademart Building at Lamar Dixon Expo Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on Nov. 12. Representatives from agencies such as FEMA, SBA and Red Cross will be present to provide assistance to those in attendance. There will also be numerous booths from businesses that offer building materials and contractor assistance.