Apr 16, 2013 10:51 PM by Dwayne Fatherree
A confusing debate Tuesday night over a proposed amnesty on late fees and penalties for speeding, parking and red light violations ended - for now -- when the LCG council voting 6-3 to postpone action on the measure and proposed changes to the Redflex contract until its May 21 meeting.
Initially, District 7 Councilman Don Bertrand moved to enact the amnesty as proposed at the council's March 19 meeting. But questions raised at that meeting by District 9 Councilman William Theriot led to input from City Attorney Michael Hebert and, eventually, a second motion on the floor from Theriot to delay enacting the amnesty until May 21.
Both Theriot and District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux questioned whether or not the cost of using attorneys to collect civil penalties for the Redflex notices would be cost effective for Lafayette taxpayers.
"I want to make sure it's worth it," Boudreaux said.
Bertrand disagreed, saying the council could pass the ordinance to start the amnesty period and adjust cost issues and details over splitting costs and proceeds with Redflex at a later meeting.
"We've waited a couple of years now to get a fix," Bertrand said. "I'm ready to start the clock on the amnesty period."
Bertrand, District 6 Councilman Andy Naquin and Council President Brandon Shelvin voted in the minority. The other six councilmen voted in favor or deferring action.
The ordinance, and another ordinance to be prepared addressing the splitting of fees and costs between LCG and Redflex, will come back before the council on May 21.