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COLUMN: Why deconsolidation matters

Discussions around deconsolidating Lafayette Consolidated Government aren’t just the academic musings of the chattering class. They’re about making local government more responsive to its citizens.

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Link to theadvocate.com Protect the City Committee appointments finalized

All seven seats are now filled on a committee to study what city residents get out of Lafayette’s peculiar form of consolidated government. Five members were appointed for each district, directly by the relevant council member. And two more were appointed at-large by vote Tuesday night.

Here is the full list:

  • District 1 — Joseph Catalon, landman
  • District 2 — Mark Pope, former LCG environmental services manager
  • District 3 — Roddy Bergeron, IT executive
  • District 4 — Jan Swift, attorney and former director of Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation
  • District 5 — Tina Shelvin Bingham, executive director of McComb Veazey Neighborhood
  • At large — Stuart Breaux, former assistant city-parish attorney
  • At large — Bill Leyendecker, retired LCG parks and recreation manager
Link to theadvertiser.com Lafayette deconsolidation committee a go

With virtually no discussion, Lafayette’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to create a committee to review what city taxpayers get out consolidated government. The resolution creates a seven-member group called the “Protect the City Committee,” which will convene for six months and report its findings.

This could be a first step toward putting measure to break up combined form of government before voters.

City voters can apply to join the committee by sending a resume to [email protected]

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Illustration: Two figures peeking under a giant rug-sized Lafayette Consolidated Government logo

1/19 Council Preview: Another stab at deconsolidation, federal dollars for police, parish financial woes continue

The gist: The push toward deconsolidation may take a big step forward as the City Council considers establishing a committee to assess how consolidation is working. Meanwhile, the city’s police may breathe easier, millions more arrive from the federal government, and the parish government continues to not have enough money to pay for its needs. 

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