Ascension Parish officials have been busy in the last week cutting ribbons as construction and renovation projects come to an end.

Outgoing Parish President Tommy Martinez cut the ribbon Dec. 17 at the new $6.9 million governmental complex located on the former site of the East Ascension Hospital in Gonzales.

Construction on the governmental complex began in summer 2014 and finished this month.

The complex was paid for with $5 million surplus left in the East Ascension Hospital’s accounts and parish sales taxes that had been held in escrow for an industrial construction rebate but was not used by the applicant.

The 33,500-square foot modern building provides a new consolidated home for various departments previously housed in several buildings.

Elected officials gathered again Monday to celebrate the opening of the upgraded 4-H building at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center.

The upgrades to the 75,000-square-foot building cost $5.2 million, including $1.2 million for a storm-hardened safe room, as well as roof and exterior strengthening and new doors.

The 4-H building was paid for with $1.2 million in FEMA recovery funds and another $4.5 million from Gustav-Ike hurricane recovery money through a Community Development Block Grant.