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Ascension Parish sewer deal a step closer to April 24 election

Michael Tortorich

The Ascension Parish Council moved forward with a proposed agreement with National Water Infrastructure Inc. for a regional sewer system for the east bank.

The Ascension Parish Council held its regular meeting via teleconference Jan. 21.

Any deal negotiated between the two parties must be approved by parish voters April 24.

During the Jan. 21 virtual meeting, council member Aaron Lawler said the process has been ongoing over the past two years, crediting the council committee, parish administration, and former council member Daniel “Doc” Satterlee.

Lawler also emphasized that the deal affects the finances of the entire parish due to the elimination of current sewer subsidies.

Parish President Clint Cointment said the proposed deal will provide a path to cleaner waterways.

“I can give you, over the last 10 years, 42 million reasons why this is a good deal,” he said, referring to the tax dollars used to subsidize eastbank sewer treatment. “And over the next 20 years, 100 million reasons why it’s a good deal.”

As it stood during the meeting, parish officials said the proposed deal resulted from rigorous debates and many versions of documents. They have expressed a plan to present information to the public over the weeks leading up to the election.