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 Parish is served by several fire departments, some operated by municipalities, others run by volunteers. City residents pay taxes to fund their fire departments, which are generally reimbursed by the parish government for services they provide outside city limits, though the amount of those reimbursements has been a point of contention, particularly after voters in the unincorporated area axed a property tax in 2018 to fund them.
Moving money. One ordinance up for adoption Tuesday would pull $500,000 in federal funds from LCG’s troubled Bayou Vermilion Flood Control project to install water lines, while another would pull an additional $235,000 of federal funding from BVFC for a previously unfunded item called Localized Flood Mitigation. LCG’s attempts to use federal funds for BVFC have been limited by the process it used to select Rigid Constructors for the contract, which was not competitive enough to meet federal funding requirements.
Fire protection. PO-25 would take $115,000 from the parish’s estimated $995,000 general fund to pay for additional transportation costs of parishwide fire protection, which is typically used to reimburse fire departments in Lafayette’s surrounding municipalities. Youngsville announced last week that its Fire Department would stop responding to most medical calls outside city limits starting in June because of insufficient reimbursement from Lafayette Consolidated Government.
No significant items.
$1.1 million from new fire station. Two ordinances take a combined $1,062,988 from the city’s $3 million budget to relocate First Station #5. LCG and UL made plans in 2021 to build a new station near Blackham Coliseum as part of a land swap that would turn over the existing station at 2001 Johnston St. to the university. The removed funds would be split between work at two other fire stations, with $355,000 going to renovate First Station #2 on Mudd Avenue and $708,000 going toward rebuilding First Station #6 at Johnston Street and Montrose Avenue.
Campground reno. CO-65 would put $92,000 toward removing the existing house and renovating the office of the Acadiana Park Campground.
No significant items.
DOTD deal. The councils will consider a deal to take ownership of about 26 miles of state roads in exchange for a $8.1 million credit toward Lafayette’s share of the I-49 Connector project, a $1.2 million credit toward LCG’s share of LA 176 and LA 98, plus $15.3 million in state money for local interchange improvements.
$10k for hospice. The Guillory administration is proposing an ordinance to give $10,000 from his $850,000 COVID-era business recovery grant program to Hospice of Acadiana. The program, which was slow to start and gave funds to dozens of businesses that had already received state and federal aid, would be left with roughly $20,000 after the move, which would add to $120,000 already received by Hospice of Acadiana from LCG.
|107 Cochrane Street||Joint councils||Sale of adjudicated property to adjacent landowner|
|129 Rue Felicite||Joint councils||Taking ownership of adjudicated property|
|308 Valley Street||Joint councils||Taking ownership of adjudicated property|
|190 South College Road||City Council||Rezoning from RS-1|
(Residential Single-Family) to RM-1 (Residential Mixed)[Introduction]
|Multiple LPSS Properties||City Council||Rezoning from various statuses to PI-L (Public/Institutional|
|Board of Zoning Adjustment||City Council||Must own property in Lafayette Parish|
|Bayou Vermilion District||Parish Council||Multiple|
|Keep Lafayette Beautiful Committee||Parish Council||Amanda Anderson|
|Lafayette Economic Development Authority||Area Mayors||Pamela Granger|
|Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities||Mayor-President||Yvonne Bell|
|Mayor-President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities||Mayor-President||Patrick Thibodeaux|
|Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment Team||City Council||Charles Garrett|