New board maps; drainage plan update • The Current

May 2, 4:16 p.m.

Here is a selection of items on the agenda for this week’s Town and Parish Council meetings. To view the full programs, see the links below.

Lafayette 101: Council Quarters. Councils must revise district maps after each census, a process called redistribution. The rules for how cards are drawn are set forth in Lafayette’s Home Rule Charter and in federal law. Two concepts to watch out for: Districts should be compact and contiguous. Both factors are required by the charter but are not easily defined.

Special joint meeting

Report

Update of the drainage management plan. This meeting will take place between the meetings of the parish council and the municipal council. Councilwoman Nanette Cook asked for the update in April, raising concerns about the administration’s use of a ‘quick-take’ expropriation process to seize private land for drainage projects, two of which have is being prosecuted.

parish council

Resolution

Electoral redistricting. This resolution is the next step in the redistricting process for parish council districts. It authorizes the sharing of three alternative maps with the public and the convening of two public hearings for comment. Here are the links to the maps: Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Existing.

Final adoption

IGA with Duson for infrastructure maintenance. This ordinance authorizes the mayor-president to conclude an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Duson for minor road and drainage maintenance works. In it, LCG will agree to complete projects under $40,000 and Duson will reimburse the expenses. This type of arrangement underlies the concept of functional consolidation, with separate municipal-only and parish-only departments at LCG establishing IGAs to collaborate as needed.

Introduction

No notable element

municipal Council

Resolutions

Electoral redistricting. This resolution is the next step in the municipal council redistricting process. It authorizes the sharing of three alternative maps with the public and the convening of two public hearings for comment. Here are the links to the cards: Option 1, Option 2, Option 3, Existing.

Report

LPD update/plan on gun violence and community input. This report was commissioned by City Council members Glenn Lazard and Nanette Cook. And this comes against the backdrop of a series of shootings.

Final adoption

Repeal begging laws. This ordinance repeals Lafayette’s ban on “begging and soliciting money” in its entirety and will also repeal part of the Criminal Mischief Ordinance. LCG was sued in federal court for its enforcement of begging laws, which the federal courts ruled unconstitutional.

Modification of the Heymann Center rental rates. This order changes the performance rental fee schedule from a “per performance” rental rate to a “per day” rental rate. The intention is to encourage organizers to run multiple events on the same day and align this policy with industry standards.

Introduction

Definition of domestic violence. This order adds a category for “Dating partner battery” under simple battery crimes. This order would expand the definition of domestic violence to only opposite-sex couples to include all types of couples and also to include family members.

$20 million for wastewater treatment plants. This ordinance authorizes the mayor-president to enter into four cooperation agreements with the State to receive funding for the water sector program. LUS applied for five grants and was awarded four at $5 million each.

No more legal fees for the Fire and Police Civil Service Commission. This order increases the Civil Service Commission’s legal expense budget by $22,000. This council is currently dealing with multiple wrongful dismissal hearings, including from the last two chiefs of police.

Common Items

Resolutions

Applying for grants without board approval. Two resolutions authorize the administration to request specific grant funds without seeking board approval. One pool is funding related to the May 2021 flood and the other is funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act 2021. Both resolutions would empower the President-Mayor to apply for these grants without going through either council for approval as long as the administration keeps the councils informed and does not compel the Lafayette City-Parh Consolidated Government to obtain matching funds. In addition, if funds are granted, the council(s) having the appropriate authority shall pass an ordinance to amend the budget.

Final adoption

No noteworthy item.

Introduction

Prohibition of elongated wheels and inclined vehicles. This ordinance prohibits the circulation of a modified vehicle with a wheel extension of more than 4 inches on parish roadways. This ordinance prohibits the operation of inclined vehicles, fixing the threshold at a 3-inch inclination from the front fender to the rear fender.

New rules for nuisance and dangerous animals. This order will make it easier to report pests or dangerous animals and will change some aspects of the steps in this process.

Goods

Council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties

Vacant jobs

Plank Approval Qualifications
Lafayette Parish Library parish council Registered voter and resident of the parish of Lafayette
Lafayette Parish Waterworks South District parish council Registered voter and resident of the parish of Lafayette
Lafayette Public Trust Funding Authority municipal Council Registered voter and resident of the parish of Lafayette
Zoning adjustment board municipal Council Registered voter and resident of the parish of Lafayette
Downtown Management Committee municipal Council Must own a building or business that operates downtown, or be a director, partner, or member of a business that

Appointment

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