News + Notes

4/6 Council Preview: Two more detention ponds; school sidewalks; privatizing Robicheaux Center pool

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. 

City Council

Resolution

Convenience store at 2927 Verot School Road wants a waiver for an alcohol beverage license. This property needs that waiver as it’s within 300 feet of a church, school or other prohibited property.

Final Adoption

Lease part of the George Dupuis Recreation Center to the Lafayette Charter Foundation. The LCF will use the classrooms and lobby to operate a charter high school if the City Council approves this.

Privatize the Robicheaux Recreation Center’s pool. If approved, the ordinance would authorize the mayor-president to enter into a contract with the City of Lafayette Aquatics to operate and maintain the pool at the Robicheaux Recreation Center. COLA is a local nonprofit that will become responsible for the costs of maintaining this pool and will receive any revenue that the pool generates.

Accept a deal with DOTD to install flashing yellow turn signals around the city. There are 28 intersections included in this deal, with almost half on Kaliste Saloom and Ambassador Caffery.

Appointment

Downtown Development Authority. The City Council will appoint one person. The only name on the nomination list is Miles Matt.

Introduction

Declare two more detention ponds as public necessities. The River Oaks pond would be built near Surrey Street and the Vermilion River. The C. Middlebrook pond would be constructed near the intersection of Kaliste Saloom and Camellia Boulevard. 

Parish Council

Final Adoption

Repeal $200,000 for city recreation centers. Last summer the Parish Council approved $200,000 to help the city keep all of its recreation centers open after Mayor-President Guillory threatened to close them. A solution was found to keep all of them up and running without needing the parish’s money. This action will free the money up to be spent on other parish park needs.

Vacancy

Lafayette Waterworks District South. Must be a district resident and registered voter to apply. Deadline is 4/20 at noon. Résumés can be emailed to [email protected].

Appointments

BoardAppointerAppointee
Lafayette City/Parish Recreation Advisory CommissionLafayette Parish District 3 Council Member Josh CarlsonMatt Hulin
Emergency Medical Services Advisory BoardMayor-President Josh GuilloryPaul Azar

Joint Items

Final Adoption

School sidewalks. The Safe Routes to School Project would add or extend sidewalks around LJ Alleman Middle, Woodvale Elementary, Duson Elementary, Ossun Elementary and Ernest Gallet Elementary. This ordinance will declare these projects a public necessity and authorize the acquisition of rights of way.

Lafayette may be getting new broadband. Conterra Ultra Broadband LLC, a North Carolina fiber optic network operator, wants to set up a franchise agreement with the city and parish of Lafayette. This franchise agreement would provide Conterra Ultra access to rights of way to build some form of broadband network. Conterra did not immediately respond to a request for comment on its plans.