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9/21 Council Preview: Setting millage rates, more money for drainage and rent assistance, and a host of property assessment challenges

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

Reports

Update on Drainage Projects. Parish Councilman Josh Carlson has requested this update.

Airport Millage Renewal. Parish Council Chairman John Guilbeau will recognize Lafayette Regional Airport Executive Director Steven Picou for a report. The airport’s millage is up for renewal on the Nov. 13 ballot.

Final Adoption

LFT airport property tax. This ordinance will set the airport’s 2021 millage rate at 1.71 mills, which is the same as 2020’s rate.

Parish property taxes. This ordinance will set the rates for all the millages that flow through parish government. These 2021 rates are the same as 2020.

Rue Des Etoile Bridge. This ordinance would give the administration the right to acquire land either through purchase or expropriation. This project will remove an existing bridge and construct a three-span bridge in unincorporated Lafayette northeast of Carencro. It will service about a dozen homes.

Public Hearing

A number of property owners are challenging the assessed values of their properties. If their challenges are successful, they will pay lower property taxes. Among the petitioners are Giles Automotive Group, a Life Storage developer and the Ambassador Crossing development, which is anchored by Whole Foods. Here is the list of those challenges:

OwnerAddressOriginal ValueRequested Value
Brookwood Capital LLCW 2130 Willow St. $2,444,710$1,612,000
Brookwood WF 2021 LLCNE 2036 Evangeline Thruway$4,339,420$3,800,000
Brookwood Holdings La LLC2952 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.$3,097,040$1,400,000
Quail Creek Apartments LLCS 810 College Road$4,350,670$3,500,000
Ambassador Crossing LLC4243 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.$9,613,310$8,276,800
Ambassador Crossing LLC4321 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.$1,307,800$987,870
Ambassador Crossing LLC4235 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.$952,810$665,710
Ambassador Crossing LLC101 Saloom Farm Road$2,224,663$1,764,370
Drury Southwest Inc101 S Farrah Drive$3,076,830$2,529,755
Hutton Youngsville La St LLC1630 Chemin Metairie Pkwy.$628,810$370,997
H&A Giles Properties LLC3270 Ambassador Caffery Pkwy.$422,620$228,200
Giles Automotive6141 Johnston St.$1,309,450$737,000
H&A Giles Properties LLC6137 Johnston St.$4,400,080$2,528,300

Introduction

$5 million+ for the Coulee Mine East Flood Control Project. This ordinance would increase revenue from Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation Funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and will appropriate $875,000 from parish drainage funds. This funding would be used to build detention ponds on Coulee Mine East.

City Council

Reports

Update on Kaliste Saloom Road. This was requested by City Councilwoman Nanette Cook.

Airport Property Tax Renewal. Parish Council Chairman John Guilbeau will recognize Lafayette Regional Airport Executive Director Steven Picou for a report. The airport’s millage is up for renewal on the Nov. 13 ballot.

Update on Junked Vehicle Ordinance. This was requested by City Councilman Glenn Lazard.

Final

City property taxes. This ordinance will set the rates for all millages that fund city government. The 2021 rates are the same as 2020’s.

$3 million for the Homewood Drive Detention Project. This ordinance transfers $3 million from the Stormwater Diversion fund to a detention pond project outside city limits. The parish is set to receive almost $30 million in state capital outlay for this project.

Joint Council

Resolutions

Coulee Ile Des Cannes Drainage Improvement Project. This resolution will advertise for bids on a drainage improvement project between Dulles Drive and Fenetre Road that is partially funded by the Statewide Flood Control Program. 

Final

Property for Storm Water Management Project. This ordinance will allow the administration to execute a servitude agreement for property located between Lake Martin Road and the Vermilion River to build a new flood control structure, a discharge pipe, a levee and a berm.

Atakapa-Ishak Trail Phase II. This ordinance will increase revenues in the amount of $22,280 from the Federal Highway Administration through the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism/Office of State Parks. And it will transfer $5,570 from an existing capital appropriation for local matching funds. The overall plan for this project is to have 100 miles of trails connecting Lafayette to other cities in the area.

$6 million to buy or elevate repeatedly flooded properties. This ordinance and this ordinance will increase revenues from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness under the FEMA Flood Mitigation Flood Assistance Program. The money will be used to address properties on the severe repetitive loss list, and some will be used for drainage projects.

Code enforcement funds. This ordinance will appropriate $145,000 of general fund balance and $23,500 of the environment services fund balance to “fund expenses related to the enforcement of violations through the Administrative Adjudication Bureau.”

Expanding the Administrative Adjudication Bureau. This ordinance will expand the role of the AAB, created by the Guillory administration this year, to have enforcement powers related to the Building Code, the Electrical Code, the International Property Maintenance Code, the International Mechanical Code, the Moving of Buildings, the Plumbing and Gas Code, Swimming Pool Regulations, Miscellaneous Restrictions and Requirement in the City of Lafayette, and the Prohibition on Recreational Park Trailers Being Used as Permanent Residences in the Unincorporated Areas of the Parish.

Introduction

$250,000 more for legal fees. This ordinance will appropriate $197,500 from the city’s general fund balance and $52,500 from the parish’s general fund balance to cover an increase in spending on legal fees. 

$2.3 million more for Lafayette Emergency Assistance Program. This ordinance will make further funds available for Lafayette’s rent assistance program, administered by SMILE Community Action Agency and Catholic Charities of Acadiana.

Property

AddressApprovalAction
1115 & 1203 Carmel DriveCity CouncilFinal Adoption: Annexation
515 Saint Catherine St.City CouncilFinal Adoption: Conditional Use Permit to allow a duplex in RS-1
301 W Second St., 101-324 S Buchanan St., 119 W Simcoe St., 303, 307, 315, 319, 323 Monroe St., 219 & 307 W Grant St., 100, 106, 202, 210 W Third St., 301 W Cypress St.City CouncilFinal Adoption: Administrative Rezoning from IL and MN-2 to CM-1, MN-1, and D