How will you improve the quality of life for our community’s most disadvantaged, provide good housing and address widespread blight, litter and vacancy on Lafayette’s Northside?

Nancy Marcotte
Nancy Marcotte
Candidate for Mayor-President

We have to take advantage of the opportunity zones that were part of President Trump’s tax cuts. We need to encourage community engagement involvement. Every week, my husband and I spend our Sunday mornings picking up litter around our neighborhood. Since we started, the amount of litter has dropped tremendously. We have to encourage people to take pride in their neighborhoods. Lafayette used to get awards for being a clean city. I want to get Lafayette back to being clean enough to receive awards.

Josh Guillory
Josh Guillory
Candidate for Mayor-President

As it relates to blighted property, I will partner with our District Attorney’s office and our judiciary to enforce our blighted property laws and ensure that we are addressing this issue in the most efficient way possible.

Litter as a whole, whether it’s in the north side or anywhere else in our city/parish, falls within my priorities because eradicating litter will help drive in commerce and help with drainage. My administration will work vigorously after festivals, downtown alive, and throughout the year to proactively clean litter throughout the city and parish. Some approaches include taking measures to catch the litter before it goes into storm drains, finding ways to collect litter at the end of coulees before it enters the Vermilion River, and working with the Sheriff and other municipalities to employ community-service based programs to pick up litter.

My approach to the disadvantaged in our city and parish is to work with faith-based organizations, to include Catholic Services, to find ways that we can best incentivize employment, address the homeless issue within the city, and create jobs so that every individual who wants to work can do so. I do not support additional programs at this time, and I do not support increasing taxes to address these issues. We can best address this issue with a partnership between government, the private sector, and faith-based organizations.

Carlee Alm-LaBar
Carlee Alm-LaBar
Candidate for Mayor-President

Throughout my career, I have worked on addressing many of these issues and will continue to do so as Mayor-President. Quality of life begins with feeling safe in our homes. Blight can be addressed through more integrated code enforcement across departments so that problem properties can be addressed in a more efficient manner. Vacancies will have to be addressed through both strategic and targeted efforts, including partnering with the Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA). In the next few weeks, there will be a launch of a parishwide beautification effort, and we need to leverage that effort to make meaningful strides in the appearance of our parish. In addition to the overall marketing effort that will launch, we need to target key areas for improvement, including our gateway corridors, to ensure that those areas reflect the warm welcome we want to give as people come into our community.

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