GONZALES - “Swamp People” television show star Troy Landry, of Pierre Part, gained a trifecta of civic honors Thursday in Ascension Parish.
The swamp cruisin’, alligator “chootin’ ‘’ Assumption Parish native was feted at the Parish Council chambers for his ability to show the world a quintessential Cajun swamp man.
On behalf of Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux, City Clerk and Finance Director Clay Stafford proclaimed Landry an honorary citizen of the city.
Ascension Parish Jeff Wiley made Landry an honorary sheriff, though the elected sheriff asked Landry not to run for office in Ascension.
And Parish President Tommy Martinez declared Friday as Troy Landry Day in Ascension.
“I would’ve never dreamed me and my boys catching a bunch of alligators would get us so far,” Landry said at one point during the presentations.
Landry was given plaques and a key to the city.
Other action taken by the council included:
REDISTRICTING: The council decided in two 7-1 votes to introduce adoption of proposed redistricting map B2 and make precinct changes for the 11 council districts.
The council must still hold a public hearing and final vote on both measures.
Councilman Oliver Joseph voted no. Councilmen Adrian Thompson and Benny Johnson were absent. Council Chairman Pat Bell does not vote unless to break a tie. All others voted yes.
The council must send an adopted plan to the U.S. Department of Justice for preclearance. Redistricting is required to align council district boundaries with population changes following the 2010 census.
The parish grew by nearly 40 percent between 2000 and 2010, but growth was focused on the parish’s north end.
The council considered two maps Thursday, refined after several iterations.
The plans reduce west bank representation from three to two council seats and greatly reconfigure districts in the middle of the east bank while shifting others in St. Amant, Galvez and Burnside.
Before Joseph voted against B2, he failed to get a second for plan A2, one he put together to boost the percentage of minority residents in his District 1.
Both plans A2 and B2 fall under a preferred minority population benchmark in District 1, which is the 2000 percentage of 76 percent.
John Diez, a council consultant, said in an interview after the meeting the minority population percentage under Joseph’s plan A2 would be 74 percent.
Under plan B2 that the council majority backed, the percentage would about 73.6 percent, Diez said.
The votes drew no public or council comment. Joseph could be seen shaking his head when he failed to get a second on the A2 plan.