Briefs for May 17, 2012
Road improvement plans up for review
Ascension Parish residents can learn more about the parish’s proposed road improvement program during a 4:30 p.m. meeting Tuesday at Oak Grove Primary School, 17550 Old Jefferson Highway, Prairieville.
The road program would be funded by a half-cent sales tax that will go before parish voters in November, officials said.
Ascension Parish Chief Engineer Ben Laurie said parish engineers, along with state and local officials, will be on hand to answer questions and receive input about the proposed program and transportation needs in the parish. He said officials with state Department of Transportation and Development will be presenting information on the La. 42 widening project.
Airport to celebrate 20th anniversary
The Louisiana Regional Airport is celebrating its 20th anniversary on Saturday with a host of activities.
Residents are invited to bring lawn chairs and watch as airplanes from around the area fly into the airport, Janet Gonzales, airport manager, said.
The visiting aircraft are expected to arrive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The airport is also taking reservations for its Young Eagles Flight program, which provides free flights to students ages of 8 and 17. Visit the airports website at http://www.laregionalairport.com to register for the program. Three sessions will be offered on Saturday.
Owned and operated by the Ascension-St. James Airport and Transportation Authority, the Louisiana Regional Airport, 6255 Airport Industrial Blvd., Gonzales.
Call (225) 644-1959.
PSC member sets town hall meeting
Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta will hold a town hall meeting from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 24 at the Ascension Parish Library, 708 S. Irma Blvd.
This meeting is being held “as a courtesy to the citizens in District 1 of Ascension Parish to assist with any consumer concerns or issues related to utility companies operating in the area,” Samantha Goodwin, an technical assistant to Skmetta, said in a news release.
Call one of the District 1 offices: Mandeville (985) 624-4660 or Metairie (504) 846-6930 or (800) 228-9368.
On the Internet: http://www.ericskrmetta.com
Boy Scouts to host supporters’ dinner
Local Boy Scout District Cypress Chauve, the Istrouma Area Council and the Boy Scouts of America, are inviting the public to the first Distinguished Citizen Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center banquet room in Gonzales.
The dinner will honor Bill and Mary Lee Dixon for their continued support of scouting and the Ascension Parish community.
Actor, comedian and radio host John “Spud” McConnell, an Eagle Scout, will serve as guest speaker.
Tickets are $100 per couple or $400 per table.
Proceeds from the event will go to support activities for the Cypress Chauve local Boy Scout District.
To purchase tickets, call (225) 644-1333.