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7/20 Council Preview: Introducing budgets, building a new jail and redeveloping the Oil Center

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

Resolution

Advocating for resumed federal offshore leasing in the Gulf. This purely symbolic resolution comes from the mayor-president and, if approved, will be forwarded to President Biden, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, members of Congress, the city and parish governing authorities within Louisiana, the Louisiana Police Jury Association, the Louisiana Municipal Association and the National Association of Counties.

Final Adoption

Paving the way to move the parish jail. Formally, this ordinance declares the Willow Street Correctional Facility Project a public necessity. Since it was introduced, Parish Councilman Josh Carlson let the cat out of the bag about plans for the Parish Council to pursue a new tax to pay to build a new jail on Willow Street, adjacent to the sheriff’s public safety complex. This step positions the Parish Council to acquire the necessary land to eventually make this project happen.

Special Joint Council Meeting

Introduction 

The mayor-president will introduce two proposed budgets: one for the next fiscal year and the other for how to spend $86 million in federal recovery aid. Introducing the proposed budget for next year is standard operating procedure for this time of year. Introducing a budget to spend those fiscal recovery dollars caught many by surprise, including some council members. This meeting will happen in between the two council meetings.

City Council

Reports

Much to report. Councilwoman Nanette Cook wants info about a recycling cart audit and the status of the Lafayette Science Museum, while Councilwoman Liz Hebert wants an update on the search for a new LUS director. Councilman Glenn Lazard will ask questions about a departmental reorganization that eliminated the Community Development Department and split its functions into the Parks and Recreation and Development and Planning departments. 

Final Adoption

Oil Center rezoning. Most of the Oil Center is currently zoned commercial-heavy. But that doesn’t align with future aspirations to redevelop properties for residential and retail. The administration is leading the charge to change this in one fell swoop

$1 million for Fabacher Field improvements and recreation centers. This request comes from the administration, a sure sign of changing financial times after last year’s slash-and-burn cuts to parks and recreation. Fabacher Field, while entirely surrounded by Broussard, is technically located in the city of Lafayette, connected by a mile stretch of Ambassador Caffery Parkway.

Joint Council

Final Adoption

A variety of tweaks to the Lafayette Development Code. These changes were approved by both the City and Parish zoning commissions. You can find a redlined version of the code here.

Acknowledging receipt of a bunch of federal money. 

Distributing some of that federal money to outside agencies. 

  • $839,497 to Acadiana CARES to address homelessness 
  • $70,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana to provide afterschool and summer youth development programming 
  • $70,000 to Hospice of Acadiana to provide care for seriously ill people
  • $228,126 to Second Harvest Food Bank to distribute food boxes
  • $75,000 to the Lafayette Council on Aging to deliver meals to the elderly
  • $90,000 to The Hub Lafayette to acquire 1515 W. University Ave. to host The Lovewell Center to provide education and non-housing services to the homeless

Properties up for final vote

AddressActionAuthority
304 Cedar Crest CourtNon-warranty cash sale to adjoining landownerJoint Council
201 Duhon Road & 105 MarbleheadRezone from commercial-heavy to planned developmentCity Council
3619 Moss St.Conditional use permit to operate a produce marketCity Council
323 Patterson St.Rezone from industrial-light to mixed-use neighborhoodCity Council
128 Foundaton Bend DriveRezone from commercial-heavy to commercial mixedCity Council
200-300 Block Bluebird DriveRezone from RS-1 and RM-1 to CM-1 and MN-2City Council
440 South Domingue Ave.Rezone from agricultural to commercial-heavyCity Council
Oil CenterComprehensive rezoningCity Council
100 block of Opus LaneNon-warranty cash sale to adjoining property ownerParish Council

Vacancies

BoardApprovalQualifications
Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with DisabilitiesParish CouncilResumes submitted by nonprofits working with disabled citizens in the parish

Appointments

BoardApprovalApplicants
City-Parish Alignment CommissionCity CouncilCity Councilmembers
City-Parish Alignment CommissionParish CouncilChosen by the Parish Council as a whole