Council Preview: $3 million in fire & police raises, plus a new approach to adjudications

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:

Lafayette 101

Properties become adjudicated when their annual property tax bills aren’t paid, leaving LCG in charge of handling them until the owner pays off the tax bill or someone else goes through the lengthy process of obtaining title to the property to become its new owner. The slow process causes adjudicated properties to often sit neglected for years. 

Parish Council

Final Adoption

Jail money. Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s administration is asking the Parish Council to approve $45,000 in new funding for a detention facility activation planning project related to the construction of a new parish jail after the state awarded LCG $17.5 million this year to start work on a replacement. 


No significant items.

City Council

Final Adoption

SRO agreement. The City Council will vote on a plan to provide 21 school resource officers from the Lafayette Police Department to the Lafayette Parish School System in exchange for a little more than $1 million over the coming school year. 

Fire Department funding. Guillory’s administration is asking for an additional $300,000 for personnel costs within the Lafayette Fire Department, most of which would be budgeted for overtime pay. 

Road overlay. The council will vote on a $350,000 request to fund urban asphalt road overlays in the city, adding to $3.3 million budgeted for such projects this year. 

$4M for transit. Two ordinances (one, two) up for final votes Tuesday would accept about $4 million in federal grants for Lafayette’s public transit operations, with a required combined local match of about $2.8 million.

LUS late fees. After being flagged by auditors this year for allowing LUS to suspend late fees and disconnections during last summer’s natural gas price spike, the Guillory administration is proposing an ordinance to give LUS Director Jeff Stewart power to suspend late fees and service disconnections during emergencies or special circumstances subject to several restrictions.


Fire & Police raises. Tuesday’s meeting will offer the first glimpse of Guillory’s proposed raises for Lafayette’s fire and police employees, which would total $3.1 million in addition annual personnel costs. Guillory’s administration is seeking to add the proposed raises, which would bring police starting pay to $47,000, to the remaining months of the current year budget with Tuesday’s ordinances, and it is expected to push to add them to next year’s budget as well.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

Limit two. A proposed update to Lafayette’s Development Code would limit the number of temporary yard signs allowed on lots in residential neighborhoods to just two signs totaling less than 12 square feet in combined size. The change comes as political yard signs have popped up around the city ahead of the Oct. 14 election, when multiple statewide and local offices will be on the ballot. It would impact not only campaign signs but any temporary signs in residential neighborhoods. Lots in other parts of the city will be limited to four temporary signs totaling 32 square feet in area.


McComb adjudications. A plan to turn over 19 adjudicated properties to the McComb-Veazey Coterie will be introduced to both councils Tuesday in a bid to hasten the revival of adjudicated properties in the McComb-Veazey area and give greater local control over the fate of those properties to the neighborhood’s residents. Adjudicated properties are typically revived one at a time, so LCG’s novel approach of turning over several to a non-profit neighborhood group all at once could provide a new path to clearing the hundreds of adjudications around the parish.


506 F St., DusonParish CouncilSale of adjudicated property to neighbor [Resolution]
418 Breaux RoadParish CouncilSale of adjudicated property to neighbor [Resolution]
3820 West
Congress St.
Joint CouncilsSale of adjudicated property to neighbor [Resolution]
208 Olivier
Joint CouncilsSale of adjudicated property to neighbor [Resolution]
716 Delord
Joint CouncilsSale of adjudicated property to neighbor [Resolution]
504 Thirteenth St. & 1219 S Magnolia St.Joint CouncilsDonation of adjudicated properties to non-profit Acts of Love, Inc. [Final]
1201 Carmel DriveCity CouncilConditional Use Permit for convenience store with gas station in commercial-mixed (CM-1) zoning [Intro]
800 Block Vincent RoadCity CouncilConditional Use Permit for convenience store with gas station in commercial-mixed (CM-1) zoning [Intro]
1315, 1417 & 1419 S Hugh Wallis RoadCity CouncilAnnexation and assignment of industrial-light (IL) zoning [Intro]
Planned council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties


Lafayette Public Innovation Alliance Board (two vacancies)Parish CouncilNone listed
Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South BoardParish CouncilApplicants must reside with the Lafayette Parish Waterworks District South boundaries
Lafayette Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee on Citizens with DisabilitiesMayor-PresidentNone listed
Lafayette Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee on Citizens with DisabilitiesMayor-PresidentApplicants must be submitted by non-profit agencies working with disabled citizens of the Parish of Lafayette
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamCity CouncilNone listed
Keep Lafayette Beautiful CommitteeCity CouncilNone listed
Lafayette Airport CommissionCity CouncilNone listed
Lafayette Public Trust Financing AuthorityCity CouncilNone listed
All applicants must be registered voters and citizens of Lafayette Parish. Resumes must be sent to [email protected] by noon on Tuesday, Aug. 22, to be considered.


Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District BoardCity CouncilRuth Foote