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:
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No significant items.
Library board. After canceling a change that would have put a Parish Council member on the controversial Library Board, the council will consider PO-34 Tuesday, which eliminates Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s appointment to the board, lowering its membership from eight to seven. Guillory has had to replace several of his appointments to the board, who must be LCG employees, as the body has endured sustained controversy. His appointees have at times reigned in the board’s more conservative members, including his most recent appointment, Marquise Watson who helped make the library’s new restricted access cards for children to be opt-in rather than opt-out at her first meeting in February.
Angel McGee v. Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government d/b/a LUS Fiber and Toby Delahousse 27th Judicial District Court, Civil Suit #19C1510-A
Shermaine Alexander v. Richard P. Willis and Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government 15th Judicial District Court, Docket No. C-20176887-1
Campground reno. CO-65 puts $92,000 toward removing the existing house and renovating the office of the Acadiana Park Campground.
$500,000 for Northside recreation. Half a million dollars would be redirected to north Lafayette recreation projects with CO-68, which moves just over $500,000 from the city’s West Willow Street widening project and splits the funds between the a pool enclosure project at the Martin Luther King Jr. center ($300,000) and the Moore Park Complex project ($200,000).
$1 million alley. CO-69 reallocates $1 million from LCG’s largely scrapped Digby Avenue Detention Pond project to replace the alley around Courtyard Circle off Cobblestone Road near Fresh Pickin’s market. Another $185,000 from the Digby project would be reallocated to the Thomas Park Skatepark project.
COVID funds for wellness. An ordinance offered by Councilman Pat Lewis reallocates $150,000 federal COVID-19 funds from LCG’s River Oaks Detention Pond project to the Sun Wellness Center in north Lafayette to help address health issues among marginalized communities.
$50,000 for mental health. An ordinance by Council Chair Glenn Lazard would provide $50,000 in federal COVID-19 funds to Focus Clubhouse, which specializes in adult mental healthcare resources.
Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government v. Morbark LLC, W.L. Doggett LLC, d/b/a Doggett Machinery Services and Caterpillar, Inc. United States Court, Western District of Louisiana 6:22-cv-00146
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.
$10,000 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.
No significant items.
|190 South College Road||City Council||Rezoning from RS-1|
(Residential Single-Family) to RM-1 (Residential Mixed)
|Multiple LPSS Properties||City Council||Rezoning from various statuses to PI-L (Public/Institutional|
|200 Block Dubarry Ave.||Parish Council||Sale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner|
|125 Noah St.||Both councils||Sale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner|
|1117 Plum St.||Both councils||Sale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner|
|121 Ancelet St.||Both councils||Sale of adjudicated property to adjoining landowner|