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8/17 Council Preview: Showtime for Guillory’s ARPA budget; flood control projects; COVID testing for LCG employees

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

Final Adoption

$1 million for Oak Springs Flood Control. This ordinance will transfer money from contractual services to pay for stormwater management projects. This project was declared a public necessity in May and is slated to include a series of detention ponds west of Carencro in unincorporated Lafayette.

$1.25 million for the Bayou Vermilion Flood Control/Coulee Ile des Cannes Project. This ordinance will transfer money from parish capital reserves. The project will include a series of detention ponds on the southern edge of Lafayette Parish.

Special Joint Meeting

Public Hearing

Open public hearing for citizen input on the proposed budget. This is the one time members of the public have a chance to have their voices heard on the budget. So if there’s anything in the proposed budget you don’t like or that you think is missing, this is your opportunity to speak up.

Final Adoption

$85.7 million for the mayor-president’s proposed ARPA budget. This ordinance will appropriate all of the American Rescue Plan Act relief dollars allocated to Lafayette Consolidated Government to Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s proposed plan. Guillory’s proposal goes heavy on infrastructure and allocates no money for dealing with the pandemic or its economic impact. The councils delayed final adoption after the administration sprung the budget on them in July. 

$250,000 for COVID-19 testing. This ordinance will tap into multiple fund balances to increase funding for the CAO’s budget in the Human Resources Division to hire a contractor to test LCG employees for COVID-19. More than half of this funding would come from the city general fund, with only $7,140 coming from the parish general fund.

City Council

Resolution

Heymann Performing Arts Designated Fund. This resolution publicly expresses the City Council’s support for a fundraising initiative housed at the Community Foundation of Acadiana. LCG recently hired the Desormeaux Group to help the Heymann Center raise private donations. 

Final Adoption

Intergovernmental agreement with UL to share transportation services. This ordinance would authorize the mayor-president to enter into an agreement with UL to have LCG give UL three retired buses to use and LCG and UL to share resources during special events, among other joint initiatives.

$37,316 to Festival Acadiens. This ordinance will use prior year fund balance from the city’s general fund to help subsidize one of Lafayette’s most important festivals. Because of the ongoing surge of coronavirus cases, Festival Acadiens has postponed this year’s event to March 2022.

Appointments

BoardApprovalApplicants
Committee for Citizens with Disabilities Parish CouncilNicole Flores, Ted Richard