1/18 Council Preview: Local redistricting process begins; $1M for golf carts; higher littering penalties; and new regs for scooter companies

Here is 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

No items up for final adoption

Introduction

Parish Council redistricting begins. This ordinance is part of the process that will change the shape of Parish Council districts. The 2020 census found that Districts 3, 4 and 5 are no longer evenly distributed, with population deviation of greater than 5%, in large part because of major growth in Broussard and Youngsville. This ordinance declares that a demographer will be contracted to prepare new redistricting plans for the Parish Council’s consideration. 

City Council

Final Adoption

$1 million for new golf carts. This ordinance appropriates $733,841 from prior year capital fund balance and transfers $266,158 from other line items to purchase 200 electric golf carts. The administration originally proposed buying these golf carts using city ARPA funds. If approved, this new funding would increase the total subsidy of the city’s three golf courses to $2.4 million this year.

Introduction

City Council redistricting begins. This ordinance is part of the process that will change the shape of City Council districts. The 2020 census found that City Council Districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 are not evenly distributed, with a greater than 5% population deviation. Northern districts have gotten smaller, and southern districts have grown. This ordinance declares that a demographer will be contracted to prepare new redistricting plans for the City Council’s consideration. 

Joint Items

Final Adoption

New scooter regs. This ordinance will empower the LCG committee regulating e-scooters — called here “shared mobility devices” — to determine how much operating credit owners of these devices are required to have to deliver services in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated areas.

Introduction

Harsher penalties for litter abatement. This ordinance would make the following changes to litter penalties, including higher fines, more community service hours and potential jail time. Also, instead of splitting the proceeds of special court costs between law enforcement, the district attorney, and the public works department, 100% will be payable to parish government:

Property

Below is a table collecting council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties.