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:
- Special Joint Meeting
- Parish Agenda (Public Comment Time!)
- Special Parish Council Meeting
- City Agenda
- Special City Council Meeting
When it comes to LCG’s finances, most public attention is on the budget. Don’t overlook the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which is an audited annual record of LCG’s income and expenses. The budget is a plan. The CAFR is what happened. Check out all of LCG’s annual reports here.
Parish Council – Special Meeting
Redistricting. Four different ordinances propose options for new Parish Council district maps. This sets the stage for the council to adopt new districts that account for population changes in the 2020 census. View them here.
No notable ordinances or resolutions. The Parish Council will vote to fill a vacancy on the library board of control.
City Council – Special Meeting
Bid law. The council will probe the administration’s awarding of a $3.8 million no-bid contract to remove spoil bank levees on the Vermilion River. Former Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera suggested the unusual change order may violate public bid laws.
Redistricting. Four different ordinances introduce options for new City Council district maps. This sets the stage for the council to adopt new districts that account for population changes in the 2020 census. View them here.
Two more police sergeants. This ordinance adjusts the budget to hire two more police sergeants.
LUS Fiber grants without City Council approval. This ordinance allows LUS Fiber to submit applications for grant funds without City Council approval. The council granted similar authorization to the administration for grants in general, though that authorization only applied to grants that don’t require matching funds. This authorization doesn’t include that constraint. LUS Fiber has already applied for eight grant applications without City Council approval, all of which had matching fund requirements.
$925,000 for Lake Farm Road Extension. This ordinance transfers $925,000 from the completed E. Pont des Mouton Road Widening Project to the Lake Farm Road Extension from Kaliste Saloom Road to Settlers Trace.
Pay hike for police chief. This ordinance increases the LPD chief’s annual salary to $170,000, a $40,000 hike. The new chief’s salary would be roughly $25,000 higher than Baton Rouge, about $10,000 less than New Orleans, and some $10,000 higher than the Lafayette Sheriff.
$1 million for the Webb Coulee Detention Project. This ordinance transfers unspent funds from the Malapart Detention Pond Project to the Webb Coulee Detention Project. The mayor-president secured $1 million from the City Council for the Malapart pond last summer, which was to be located west of Carencro. The Webb Coulee ponds will be located near Pa’ Davis Park.
Disaster shelter at the Heymann Center. This ordinance authorizes a cooperative endeavor agreement with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services to use the Heymann Center as a medical special needs shelter during a declared emergency due to disaster.
New rules for commercial pedi-cabs and more. This ordinance will establish new regulations for commercial pedal carriages — defined as four or more wheeled bicycle-like vehicles — that distinguish them from shared mobility devices like scooters. This category would include transports like pedi-cabs and pedal pubs.
Early raises for LCG employees. This ordinance would accelerate the automatic 2% raises for LCG employees triggered by increased sales tax revenue collections. These raises are scheduled to take effect Nov. 1 but instead would start in June.
A raise and a new hire for the mayor-president’s office. This ordinance would authorize giving a raise to an administrative specialist and adding a digital communications specialist position within the mayor-president’s office. Despite being a joint ordinance, the burden of these increased costs would be entirely by the city.
|Select properties on Carmel Dr||City Council||Administrative rezoning for properties and conditional use permit for 302 Carmel Dr.|
|Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South Board||Parish Council||Registered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish|
|Teche-Vermilion Freshwater District Board||Parish Council||Registered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish|
|Board of Zoning Adjustment||City Council||Registered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish|
|Keep Lafayette Beautiful||City Council||Registered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish|
|Downtown Management Committee (2x)||City Council||Registered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish, and must own immovable property or a business that operations from a Downtown location or be a director, partner, or member of a business owning property or operating Downtown|
|Lafayette Parish Library Board of Control||Parish Council||Leslie Alexander, Virginia Bienvenu, Claire Dawkins, Tim Howat, Daniel Kelly, Barbara Lamont, Erasto Padron Jr, Alicia Roberts, Joan Savoy, Marquia Whitehead|
|Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South Board||Parish Council||Leslie Leblanc|
|Keep Lafayette Beautiful||Keep Lafayette Beautiful||Emily Svendson|
|Keep Lafayette Beautiful||Mayor-President||Claire Regan|
|Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority||City Council||Andre Breaux, Emily Hamner, Ethan Jordan, James Klock|
|Downtown Management Committee||City Council||Christy Tracie|