Mar 28, 2011 11:52 PM by Maddie Garrett

LCG Charter Commission Favors Two Separate Charters

The muddled future of Lafayette Consolidated Government is becoming a bit more clear, although nothing has been decided quite yet. Monday night the LCG Charter Commission did make a key decision on which proposal it would like to see go to a parish-wide vote, although nothing is set in stone.

The meeting could have been the last night for discussion and public comments on the charter proposals. And over a dozen citizens expressed their opinions, both for and against creating two separate charters for a city and parish government.

After discussing four charter options, including hybrid versions of the current consolidated government system, the Commission voted in a six to three vote in favor the two separate charters proposal. The Commission also decided to make the separate government option the only one to appear on the ballot.

"But with a provision that the parish could contract through an intergovernmental agreement with the city to continue to consolidate its services just as they are now," said LCG Charter Commission Chair George Lewis.

The Commission reasoned that just because there would be two separate governances doesn't mean they wouldn't still work and plan together.

Despite the decision, it was not the final vote. The Commission is hoping to get an extension of it's April 13, 2011, deadline to allow more public comments on the two charter proposal. This is the second time they've asked for an extension, however the first time the Commission decided to revoke its request.

"Citizens that want to see what are in these charters would have last week and this coming week if we don't get an extension," said Lewis.

LCG will hold a special meeting Tuesday night where the City-Parish Council will have the option to even consider that extension.

However, the Charter Commission won't find out if the extension is granted until April 12th, just one day before its deadline. Lewis said the Commission will meet again next week and if it appears the extension won't be granted, a final vote will be made.



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