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

Kevin Naquin
Kevin Naquin
Candidate for Parish Council District 2

I will make sure we are looking at drainage from a parishwide perspective. Looking at ways we can continue to improve on. One way is by going over our current policies and procedures in regards to development. We must look at all aspects and angles including dredging or spot dredging the Vermilion River. I have already supported investing in Drainage infrastructure with rededication of millages in recent years. Once again, on Oct. 12, the public will be able to vote on sending another 8 million to drainage infrastructure.

Ted A. Richard
Ted A. Richard
Candidate for Parish Council District 2

I feel that the Lafayette City-Parish Government does a lot of "reactionary" spending as opposed to being pro-active in getting things done and maintaining its assets. Drainage is not a new problem, but LCG would have you believe that the drainage problem just "creeped up" on them. That's very untrue.
Over the years, Lafayette and all of the surrounding towns have grown tremendously, and as the planning commission has set regulations for new developments, those already existing homes and structures become more susceptible to flooding. So our own government is partly to blame for the current flooding problem.
Now, about the drainage. Dredging the Vermilion River is the absolute right thing to do, but LCG has known about the build-up of sludge in the Vermilion River for many years, yet nothing was ever done about it. Now, suddenly, it is a top priority! This project should have been done many years ago, but it was never a "priority" so funding was directed elsewhere. This is a prime example not having the foresight to be pro-active in maintaining ALL assets of our city and parish. Yes, the Vermilion River is an asset to our community, and it should be treated as such!