What will you do to invest in drainage infrastructure and develop policies and strategies for stormwater management in our district?

John Guilbeau
John Guilbeau
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

There must be Regional partnering with surrounding parishes as well as within our own parish of Lafayette working from a master stormwater management plan.
Must identify sustainable revenue through collaboration with our local, state and federal partners to restore channels and rivers to original capacity. Proactive strategies may include the dredging of the Vermilion River, stormwater diversion projects, need for additional gates, pumps, creation of barrier reefs, revise stormwater management policies (when to open/close gates/locks), creativity (not status quo) in our thinking on how to better manage our stormwater.
Must be a collective effort with all partners coming to the table to include citizen engagement.
Our local parish efforts to improve water detention/retention, channel clearing, etc. must continue.
Complete drainage impact studies must be required prior to new developments.
Efforts to mitigate the stormwater matter cannot be accomplished in isolation of the whole!

Roddy Bergeron
Roddy Bergeron
Candidate for Parish Council District 4

Drainage needs to be made a priority. First, we need to comb through the budget and see if there are any existing projects or surpluses that we do not need. Second, we need to ensure that our millages are set correctly and that we are not overtaxing for government services. Third, we need to see which services the citizens of the parish do not want to pay for and rededicate any millages that we can. Fourth, we need to work with our state and federal representatives to bring some of our tax monies back to us. Lastly, we may need to look into establishing new taxes specifically dedicated to drainage; though new taxes, in my opinion, should be a last resort.

With regards to storm water management strategies, the new Lafayette Parish Council will not only need to work with other cities in our parish but also with other parish governing bodies, looking at what other areas are doing successfully and adapting their strategies to our area. We will also need to hear from the people of Lafayette Parish. Our locals are the ones who know their landscape the best and how changes will affect it. With regards to policy, we need to establish a preventative maintenance drainage plan as well as a policy that addresses how we go about making drastic changes to our storm water management plan. Any good plan needs a framework, so that solutions are well-thought-out, proactive, efficient, and effective—not only for the time-being but for the future as well. Establishing policies that are informed by experts in the field as well as local input will help us avoid temporary, reactive fixes that do not have lasting or beneficial effects.