Parish Council gives the green light

Leslie D. Rose

It was an all go at the Aug. 20 regular meeting of the Ascension Parish Council, as all voted on agenda items passed.

The meeting began with Parish President Tommy Martinez proclaiming the day Michael Brendan Simoneaux Day in Ascension Parish. The Prairieville native and Dutchtown teacher received a key to the Parish and was proclaimed honorary parish president. Martinez then proclaimed September as Suicide Prevention Month in Ascension Parish. A certificate was presented to Matthew Abshire – state champion 4-H skeet shooting sports member.

Abshire accepted the certificate, only saying that it was an honor to represent the Parish and 4-H.

As the agenda moved to the Parish President’s report, Martinez was a man of few words, providing no detailed accounts.

During the consent agenda discussion, renewal of a cooperative endeavor agreement with Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, passed with no objection, to continue to provide 4-H youth development program funding, not to exceed $50,000 annually.

It was in the general business portion of the meeting that Councilman Bryan Melacon (District 10) made it clear that there was at least one item for which he was in opposition.

The council votes, however, outnumbered Melacon’s opposition when it came to the resolution authorizing and approving the issuance, sale and delivery (not to exceed $18 million) of revenue bonds by the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority - authorizing the East Ascension Consolidated Gravity Drainage District 1 to borrow the proceeds from the sale for financing drainage improvements within the district.

Legal counsel presented four ordinances, all of which were passed, including revisions to the Parish Unified Land Development Code pertaining to design criteria of drainage impact studies to provide an expiration date.

Also passed was an ordinance to revoke an existing drainage servitude on the Dupre property, agreeing to relocate it on the final plat of the Dutchtown Meadows subdivision.

An amendment to a Nov. 1, 2012 ordinance to revoke and set aside the 60 feet of property known as Small Road was approved to declare the road abandoned.

The transfer, as even exchange two parcels of immoveable property, by and between The McCall Company, LLC, Palo Alto, Inc. and Ascension Parish was approved.

A brief discussion without opposition was held pertaining to updating solicitation ordinances. Implored by Councilman Melacon, a request was made to provide citizens with a reminder that they must have a ‘no solicitation’ sign on the door to prevent solicitation under the later approved ordinance. Parish President approved solicitation exceptions include sales or services offered by children and political parties and religious groups who hold a constitutional freedom to the rights.