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11/16 Council Preview: Parish Council allocates more ARPA funds, money to buy land for new Lafayette Parish jail

Illustration by Peter DeHart

Here’s a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the City and Parish councils. To see the full agendas, check out the links below. 

Parish Council

Report

Keep Lafayette Beautiful. KLB Chair Jamie Hebert will deliver a report on the organization’s work. KLB is a local chapter of Keep America Beautiful, which focuses on improving Lafayette’s community environment. This report will also be given again at the City Council meeting.

Final Adoption

$6.8 million in parish ARPA funds. The Parish Council has already appropriated the first $7.7 million worth of American Rescue Plan projects in October. In all, Lafayette Parish government will receive $47 million. Most of these new projects were on the administration’s proposed ARPA list:

  • $85,000 for Heymann Park playground equipment
  • $2 million for Juvenile Detention Center safety improvements 
  • $2 million for Prejean Road Flood Mitigation and Upgrades Project
  • $1.25 million for City-Parish Hall public health and safety updates
  • $1.5 million for Bayou Vermilion Flood Control — Chappuis project

Appeal

New lots in the Miramar subdivision. This appeal comes from an adjacent landowner who claims that this approval conflicts with the comprehensive plan and doesn’t take into account the consequences to traffic, drainage, and adjacent property owners.

Introduction

More ordinances appropriating parish ARPA funds. These are three additional small projects:

  • $280,224 for one temporary position in the CAO’s office (the ordinance provides no information about what this position is)
  • $100,000 for radios for volunteer fire departments
  • $93,000 for a new cooler for the parish coroner

$750,000 for a new parish jail. This ordinance will transfer funds from the Courthouse Complex Fund’s prior year fund balance to the Correctional Center Fund to pay for land acquisition. While the ordinance doesn’t specify the location of the jail, the Parish Council passed an ordinance selecting land adjacent to the sheriff’s facility on Willow Street this summer.

City Council

Report

SLCC Chancellor introduction. This report was requested by Councilman Andy Naquin.

Update on Police Department Training. This report was requested by Councilman Glenn Lazard. It has been postponed twice by major disruptions at LPD. The first time it was scheduled the discussion was then re-focused on the sudden and unexplained firing of Police Chief Thomas Glover Sr. It was delayed again at the request of the acting chief who had only just assumed his role after Interim Police Chief Wayne Griffin was put on leave during a sexual harassment investigation.

Resolution

Changing the rules for City Council meetings. This resolution would make the following changes:

  • Have all proclamations and monthly recognitions be presented outside of Council meetings to save time
  • Require attorneys to attend meetings only when requested and schedule their items early in the agenda to limit billable hours and save money on legal fees. 

Final Adoption

Conditional use permit for Legends Annex. This ordinance will allow the Downtown Legends Annex to operate as a bar instead of a restaurant. The Annex previously operated on a restaurant license, but the majority of its sales now come from alcohol. Conditional use permits were created to get around Downtown’s blanket moratorium on new bars. The permits were designed with speciality uses in mind, such as music venues or brew pubs. 

Ladder truck loaner to Scott. This ordinance approves a cooperative endeavor agreement allowing the City of Scott to borrow a spare ladder truck from the City of Lafayette whenever its truck is out of service. The City of Scott will have to add LCG to its insurance, but it will not have to pay to use the truck.

Joint Council

Resolution

Authorize filing applications for flood mitigation grants. This resolution allows the mayor-president to apply for the FEMA FY21 Flood Mitigation Assistance and Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities competitive grants from the state of Louisiana. These funds can be used on homes listed on the Lafayette Parish Flood Claims List and eligible pre-disaster mitigation activities. 

Introduction

Annual bus pass for $25. This ordinance would add this annual bus pass option and a section concerning transit shelter advertising.

Property

AddressApprovalAction
710 North Bienville StJoint CouncilNon-warranty cash sale to adjacent landowner
1206 E. Broussard RdCity CouncilRezone from RS-1 to MN-1
1215 Rue de BelierCity CouncilAnnexation and zoning of RM-1