Nov 30, 2010 7:55 PM by Shawn Kline

Blank Tapes of recorded LHA Meetings

State Representative Rickey Hardy is calling for State Police to lead an investigation of the Lafayette Housing Authority and it all has to do with blank tapes.
"I made a mistake." LHA Commissioner Joe Dennis told KATC last week, "I called for an executive session then one of the other members reminded me we can't do that."
He was recalling a controversial meeting on October 26th; a meeting that may have cost him his job.
According to the written minutes, Dennis along with two other board members, Leon Simmons and John Freeman passed a motion that day to go into an executive session.
When we checked the recorded minutes from that meeting, they were blank.
"All of a sudden for some mysterious reason, the tape came up broken?" Rickey Hardy now wants to know why?
The Housing Authority told us they've been having problems with the tape recorder and couldn't get it to work.
We checked the tape recorder ourselves- we put in a tape and pressed record. No problem.
However, over the course of four meetings, only one recorded the entire session: October 20th. Almost a week before the controversial October 26th meeting.
Since then, City-Parish President Joey Durel has relieved the board members from their posts for the second time since August. The three commissioners wrote letters of appeal on Monday.


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