GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD) — Development and drainage are becoming major issues in Ascension Parish, especially with the start of hurricane season and this week’s forecasted rain.
Change is underway for Ascension Parish and some say the toughest part is figuring out what’s next. Parish President Clint Cointment believes a twelve-month pause on development is the way to go.
He said, “The flash flooding is every year problem and so we have to start to look at doing things differently because of the growth Ascension Parish has over the past two decades and plan where we are going to go for the next two decades.”
Cointment said a stop on development would allow them to examine infrastructure and work on drainage.
“The administration is looking to get a lot more aggressive with drugging, we are putting the gate valves in on the new river. There also needs to be a weir type structure to control the water at the one by Walmart and our new river basin. We’ve been active in our maintenance,” said Cointment.
However, some believe the moratorium will impact their economy and growth which was brought up at the last public hearing.
Bart Waguespack of Waguespack Homes said, “Shutting down one industry is completely unfair. I can’t think of any other industry in ascension parish that has to worry year after year if they will be shut down.”
Others believe growth cannot happen without addressing the problems first.
Resident Yvonne Taylor said, “Currently the problem at hand is that they are growing so much by leaps and bounds that they are not taking into account that we need infrastructure in place for drainage.”
“Focusing on the drainage, focusing on making sure that both the locals and businesses are properly taken care of to where if it rains tomorrow, I’m not freaking out,” said Resident Dakota Walters.
Cointment said “This is going to take twelve months to do. Six months is not enough time, so if the council decides this is a six month project, I think it is inadequate and will not solve the problem.”
The proposal will hit the city council’s desk on Thursday which will determine the future and direction of the Parish.