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:
Separate and together
By charter, both the City of Lafayette and Lafayette Parish still exist as legal entities. Their governmental functions are consolidated. Most assets — land, infrastructure, capital — are owned separately by those entities.
Public process for the new Heymann Center. This resolution formalizes the City Council’s desire to engage in a public process to study the relative economic impact of potential sites for a new performing arts center. This item was deferred at the last council meeting.
Heymann Park Project Update. This report has been requested by Glenn Lazard. The Guillory administration detoured plans for a new amphitheater earlier this year weeks before the project was slated to go to bid. Instead, LCG has pushed for a much bigger revamp of the park.
No significant items.
A city-only public records policy. This ordinance is a second stab at creating a new public records policy. Revised as a city-only policy, this version also removes the public records clerk position proposed earlier. It would establish new rules for producing public records in response to the Guillory administration’s decision to charge $1 per page to email public records earlier this summer.
Raises (again). A set of ordinances proposes raises for top administrators at LCG, including the mayor-president, chief administrative office and chief financial officer. This ordinance increases the salary of the CFO by $35,272 (current CFO Lorrie Toups plans to retire in February). This ordinance increases the fire chief’s salary by $32,651 and the CAO’s by $10,169 immediately, and it approves increasing the mayor-president’s salary to $170,000 starting in January 2024.
Grant consultants for federal funds. This ordinance authorizes the Community Development and Planning Department to apply for grants without first getting approval from the Councils. This ordinance moves $250,000 from the joint drainage fund and $250,000 from the city’s capital fund to fund line items for the parish and city to hire consultants to help apply for grants from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.
Donation of land. This ordinance authorizes the acquisition of land donated by Chevron to LCG. This land consists of 6 acres adjacent to Heymann Park. Assets are typically owned by the city or the parish, not by Lafayette Consolidated Government. Yet this ordinance would accept the donation of land to LCG.
New public records policy. This ordinance establishes new rules for public records, including a bill of rights. It adopts a new fee schedule, abolishing the $1-per-page fee imposed by the Guillory administration to email digital copies of records. The policy also creates a public records clerk position within the council office. This ordinance failed to get introduced at the last Parish Council meeting, with co-sponsor Parish Councilman Josh Carlson expressing concerns about the policy as written.
|100 Block of Serenity Drive||Parish Council||Non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner|
|200 Block of Rue Fosse||Parish Council||Non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner|
|144 East Cypress St||Joint Council||Non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner|