Council Preview: Food trucks rules, $2.4 million for the Heymann Center, consolidation committee extension

Here is a selection of items on the agendas for this week’s meetings of the City and Parish councils. To see the full agendas, check out the links below.

Lafayette 101
Lafayette Public Power Authority

The LPPA is a legal entity, separate from LUS and the city of Lafayette, that exists to own Lafayette’s 50% stake in a coal-fired power plant north of Alexandria. LPPA sells energy produced by the plant to LUS. City council members serve as its commissioners.

Parish Council

Resolution

Three more months for the City-Parish Alignment Commission. This resolution would confirm the request by the commissioners to extend their initial six-month term to nine months. This commission was formed to explore ways to strengthen the working relationship between the city and parish of Lafayette.

Final Adoption

Oak Springs Flood Control Project. This ordinance increases funding for this drainage project located west of Carencro from $3.8 million to $5.2 million. This project was initially approved for $400,000 in this year’s budget. (It’s not clear how the project’s budget increased to $3.8 million prior to this. A request for clarification was pending at press time.) This latest increase is paid for with fund balance dollars from the Drainage Maintenance Fund.

Introduction

Seven tanker trucks. This ordinance would increase spending to purchase seven tanker trucks for the parish’s volunteer fire departments. The Parish Council approved spending $2.8 million of ARPA funds for this purpose back in October. This budget amendment would increase that amount to $2.96 million.

Bayou Vermilion Flood Control. This ordinance would increase ARPA funding for this multi-tiered drainage project by $2 million. (A request for clarification was pending at press time.)

City Council

Resolutions

Monroe Warehouse Renovation. This resolution formalizes the City Council’s support for the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority’s efforts to renovate the historic warehouse at 319 Monroe St. so it can be leased to an unnamed company.

Final Adoption

Transfer drainage funds to a “Project Management Services” line item. This ordinance transfers $200,000 from the “CIDC, Lateral 7-Curran/Dulles” project to this separate line item for project management services.

Doucet Road sidewalks. This ordinance adopts $200,000 in federal highway grants and approves the use of $50,000 in existing funds for a local match for this project.

Introduction

$2.4 million for the Heymann Center. This ordinance recognizes $2.4 million in revenue from the receipt of a Shuttered Venture Operating Grant from the Small Business Administration.

Joint Items

Final Adoption

Expanding the Compliance Division. This ordinance would add one compliance manager and one compliance inspector position to the Compliance Division of the Department of Community Development & Planning. This joint ordinance authorizes spending $104,072 of city general fund balance to pay for these positions.

New rules for food trucks. This ordinance would establish a new set of rules tailored to mobile food establishments.

Introduction

Partnering with LPSS to use recreational facilities. This ordinance would authorize the mayor-president to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the Lafayette Parish School Board for joint use of recreational facilities.

Property

Below is a table collecting council actions related to property, such as rezonings, annexations and disposition of adjudicated properties.

AddressApprovalAction
419 South Washington StJoint CouncilAuthorize non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner
210 Oxbow DrJoint CouncilAuthorize non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner
1012 Apple StJoint CouncilAuthorize non-warranty cash sale to adjoining landowner
114 General Gardner Ave, 109 Roosevelt St, 416 & 418 Harding StCity CouncilAdministrative rezoning
400 Block Town Center ParkwayCity CouncilRezone from CH to RM-1
606 Guidry RdCity CouncilRezone from RS-1 to CH
1002 North University AveCity councilRezone from CM-1 to CH

Vacancies

BoardApprovalQualifications
Industrial Development BoardParish CouncilRegistered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District BoardCity CouncilRegistered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District BoardCity CouncilRegistered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish
Lafayette Airport CommissionCity CouncilRegistered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamCity CouncilRegistered voter and a resident of Lafayette Parish

Appointments

BoardApprovalApplicants
Industrial Development BoardParish CouncilJohnathon Williams
Animal Care Center Advisory BoardParish CouncilRenee Poirrier
Lafayette Convention and Visitors CenterArea MayorsGerald Breaux
Board of Zoning AdjustmentCity CouncilMelanie Guillot Bordelon
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamMayor-PresidentAzadeh Yazdi
Evangeline Thruway Redevelopment TeamBayou Vermilion DistrictBrady McKellar
Cajundome CommissionMayor-PresidentTimothy Metcalf