Parish President proclaims drug and alcohol facts week

Brandie Richardson
Councilmen John Cagnolatti and Dempsey Lambert, outgoing Chairman Randy Clouatre, Council Travis Turner, outgoing Vice Chairman Todd Lambert, Council members Aaron Lawler and Teri Casso, and Council Chairman Bill Dawson. Courtesy photo.

Parish President Kenny Matassa proclaimed National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week in Ascension Parish. The proclamation was given to Suzanne Hamilton, Ascension Parish Mental Health Director. The purpose of the week is to encourage teens to ask questions concerning drugs, drug abuse and alcohol use.

"As the generations go by we are having a resurgence of Heroin," said Councilman Clouatre. "It's really bad right now. Starting at a younger age and there are some really bad chemicals out there."

Following the proclamation, Council Chairman Bill Dawson presented plaques to past Vice Chairman Todd Lambert and Chairman Randy Clouatre honoring their service to the council.

In other news, the council accepted a quote from Acadian Commercial Contractors for the Concrete Project on barns seven and eight at Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, a quote from Rescom Electric in the amount of $79,893 for electrical and lighting repairs at Butch Gore Park and a quote from Gonzales Electric for electrical and lighting repairs at Roger Clouatre Park.

The council agreed to move forward with the condemnation proceedings of the house located at 12455 Camelia Road in St. Amant. According to Chief Building Official Lavern Bourgeois, the building violates the Parish's ordinances and is deemed unsafe.

A substantial completion was approved for Wind Retrofit at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

An ordinance was was approved authorizing the Parish to purchase a parcel of property for the Sewer Program Improvements in the amount of $1,185.

A resolution was passed authorizing the Emergency Telephone Service fee to increase from $.89 to $1.25 on cell phone usage. The increase will provide an additional $300,000 to the 911 communication district budget said Ascension Parish Chief Deputy Bobby Webre.

"One of the big reasons we need to do this, I think shortly you will start seeing the next generation 911 in which we will be capable of texting 911, sending video to 911," Webre said. "Our new center will be capable of doing that. We have to do training for it and get the best practices in place. We feel this additional funds will help do this."

Following an Executive Session, the council voted for Legal to demand payment for flood damaged vehicles from Enterprise Fleet Management in the amount of $90,200 and for flood damaged tractors and mowers from Deere Credit.