Feb 29, 2012 10:48 AM by AP
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council has revived the debate of how much independence the city of Lafayette should have under the combined form of city-parish government.
Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux proposed a committee Tuesday to explore limiting the control that council members representing areas outside the city limits have over city issues, such as the budgets and operations of the Police Department, the Fire Department and the city-owned Lafayette Utilities System.
Lafayette voters in October shot down a proposal to undo the 1996 merger of the once-separate governments for the city of Lafayette and Lafayette Parish.
Boudreaux tells the Advocate that regardless of the failed vote on deconsolidation, he believes there is still a desire to give more autonomy to the city of Lafayette while keeping consolidated government intact.