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.
Mayor-President Josh Guillory will announce the creation of an Adjudication Bureau. The bureau will handle administrative matters that can get backlogged in district court. Noise complaints, litter violations and property adjudication are the main business for the bureau, which will be managed by an administrative law judge. The Advertiser has more coverage of it here.
A handful of properties are up for consideration of actions by the City Council:
|107 Asheville Lane||Condemn|
|1911, 1913, 1915, 1921, 2000, 2001 West Congress & 766 St. Thomas St.||Rezone||From Commercial Heavy to Mixed-Use Neighborhood|
|201 Rendon Drive||Rezone||From Commercial Heavy to Mixed-Use Neighborhood|
|600 & 700 block East Pont des Mouton Road||Rezone||From Residential Single-Family to Mixed-Use Neighborhood|
Lafayette’s getting some new transit buses, thanks to a $2.85 million grant from the Federal Transit Authority, which the City Council will approve receipt of.
Protect the City Committee. Five committee appointments will be formalized. The goal of this committee is to hold a series of public meetings to discuss whether consolidation has been a good or bad thing for the city of Lafayette. Each City Council member has one appointment:
|Protect the City Committee||Pat Lewis, District 1||Joseph Catalon|
|Protect the City Committee||Andy Naquin, District 2||Mark Pope|
|Protect the City Committee||Liz Webb-Hebert, District 3||Roddy Bergeron|
|Protect the City Committee||Nanette Cook, District 4||Jan Swift|
|Protect the City Committee||Glenn Lazard, District 5||Tina Shelvin Bingham|
Two at-large appointments to the committee will be decided by majority vote. Here is the list of 19 candidates who have submitted résumés, which can be found here:
|Ronald Arceneaux II||Robert Benoit||Stuart Breaux||James Colvin|
|Kay Dupre||Keith Faulk||Steve Hebert||Daniel Landry III|
|Steven Lazarus||William Leyendecker||Amanda Martin||Glynn Maturin II|
|John Mayer||Fernando Perez-Viart||James Proctor||Sarah Gauthier Roy|
|Lorrie Toups||Jackson Voss||James Wynn|
It’s the City Council’s turn to hear public comments on matters not on the agenda. As a reminder, the city and parish councils now alternate meetings for these public comments.
The Animal Shelter is getting a new transport vehicle, thanks to an $83,000 grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Stutes Road bridge. An ordinance is up for introduction that would declare replacing the bridge at Stutes Road a public necessity.
New parish detention ponds. Located on Homewood Drive, Lebeseque Road and Robley Drive, these detention ponds would mitigate flooding by keeping more water out of coulees during rain events. These detention ponds are up for introduction to be declared public necessities as well to get the ball rolling.
Acadian Ambulance exclusive contract renewal. Acadian is the exclusive provider of ambulance services in city limits and in unincorporated Lafayette Parish. The current exclusive contract began in 2012 and ends March 27. The Emergency Medical Services Advisory board voted to recommend approving this new contract in January. If approved, the length of the contract will be five years with options to renew it for two additional two-year terms.
Updated drainage map is up for final adoption. This regularly happens to reflect any additions or subtractions or clarifications to the drainage channels LCG is responsible for managing.
$7.28 million in emergency rental assistance. The councils will vote to appropriate funding Lafayette received for rent and utility assistance through the federal stimulus booster passed in December. LCG’s Community Development Department will contract with Catholic Charities of Acadiana and community action agency SMILE to distribute the funds. This funding cannot be used for mortgage payments.