Apr 3, 2013 9:06 AM by AP
The Lafayette City-Parish Council approved shifting money in this year's budget to cover an additional $367,475 for a new fire station. Officials say the new station is needed to serve the growing city and keep down homeowners' insurance rates.
The council voted unanimously Tuesday to pull the money from various areas of the budget to fund what's now estimated to be about a $1.7 million project.
The Advocate reports Fire Station No. 14 is planned for a site on Curran Lane off Ambassador Caffery Parkway.
It is one of two new stations that Fire Chief Robert Benoit has said are needed to help Lafayette maintain its current fire insurance rating of two.