How will you promote sustainable economic development that doesn’t add to consolidated government’s financial burden, and diversify the local economy?
We have to work to make Lafayette a place that leaders will want to bring their businesses — this includes a business-friendly environment that provides support and incentives. This does not mean a one-size-fits-all approach to incentives, but we must look at the return on investment that we will see as a community. We have recently approved Cultural Districts in Lafayette, state historic tax credits for revitalization projects and local sales tax exemptions for original artwork sold within districts’ boundaries. Cultural Districts throughout the state benefit from increased commerce, improved occupancy, a greater sense of community identity, and more artistic and cultural production. We also have to help lift up our current local businesses and provide support so they can thrive. Lafayette has done a good job of expanding outside of oil and gas to healthcare and technology, and we should continue our efforts in these fields but also continue to explore other opportunities that can offer a wider variety of jobs.
How will you use your position of influence to improve public education for children in our district?
It is important to have good working relationships with the school board members and LPSS administration. Although I serve on the City-Parish Council, my constituents will often reach out with concerns or questions about LPSS issues, which I will work with the school board to address. I am supportive of both public and private schools and participate in any events or activities that I am invited to in order to remain engaged in my community.
How will you address budget constraints in consolidated government, including the parish budget, from your position on the city council?
Collaboration will be essential for the City and Parish Councils to work together, especially during budget time. If we don't work together, the community suffers. My experience working on the City-Parish budget for the last four years will help with the transition.
What will you do to fund the repair and improvement of roads and other infrastructure in our district and how will you prioritize them?
LCG already has a fair system in place for determining which roads are in the most need of repair and are to be included in the overlay list. This process is completed every other year, where they assess every road and rate them based on different factors; they are then placed in order of need. I work with Public Works' roads division on the roads in my district and make sure that the work is being completed. Many roads in Lafayette have not been approved by LCG to be taken over by the city due to various reasons, and I plan to continue to work with developers and HOAs to make sure those roads are brought up to standard so we can start maintaining them. Finally, I report potholes that I encounter while traveling around town to be repaired.
What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in our district?
Since 2016, I supported stronger drainage requirements for new residential and commercial developments, worked with LCG to clean out ditches and subsurface drainage across my district, cleared coulees and bridges of debris and am currently working with federal and state officials to acquire permits for dredging the Vermilion. I co-authored the request for support from the governor, the Acadiana legislative delegation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in order to fund the dredging of the Vermilion River. We also requested that the Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District and/or any authorized agencies cease the pumping of water to Bayou Courtableau and/or any other areas into Bayou Teche and the Vermilion River in anticipation of future severe weather events.
I have also allocated more than $40 million for future city drainage projects and supported $5 million budgeted for the Vermilion River dredging.
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