GONZALES – The Ascension Parish Council is looking into the policy of having global positioning system devices on the vehicle’s workers use and not including supervisors.
In an update to the council last month, Department of Public Works Director Bill Roux told the council that devices are on hand ready to be installed and several council members called for a “fair policy” arguing “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander” in regards to the system.
Councilmen Aaron Lawler and Daniel Satterlee expressed their concerns in the meeting and Councilwoman Teri Casso said if GPS is used for worker’s vehicles, they should be on everybody’s vehicle.
In another matter the council introduced an ordinance to change the appeal procedure regarding subdivision regulations by a vote of 9-1 with Councilman Dempsey Lambert being the only vote against. There have been several voices expressing opposition to the current Appeals Board including Planning Commissioner Douglas Foster who said he wants to restore public trust and transparency citing how the three-member panel can override the seven-member commission.
Another that drew concerns from the public was the approval of an additional $125,000 in a professional services contract with CSRS for engineering review services. Among those were Chase Melancon who asked why more money is needed and Jeff Petitt who questioned why an in-house staff doesn’t perform the services like before.
Planning Director Jerome Fournier said funding for the services has come from fees imposed on the development community but the bulk of engineering services have been related to the August flood of 2016 and the cost has nearly reached the $250,000 threshold already.
The council also authorized the abandonment of negotiations and associated contracts in regards of a proposed regional sewer system upon recommendation of the Utilities Committee.
A Strategic Planning Committee recommendation to regulate outdoor burning of waste or other combustible material also was on the table with Lawler stating that people are burning trash and the change would not be need if people were more considerate.
“I have breathed enough smoke,” Sharon Sanders said. “Put it out for collection.