Posted: Jun 19, 2012 10:54 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jun 19, 2012 10:55 PM
At Lafayette Consolidated Government's meeting Tuesday night, a public vote on Lafayette's traffic cameras hits a brick wall, while the purchase of UL's horse farm got the green light. Even though both outcomes were no surprise, the votes were still historic ones.
You could call it a last effort to challenge the Redflex cameras, as councilman William Theriot proposed putting the program to a public vote.
"There is no authority in our charter to call elections on general propositions such as that," said City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert, in response to Theriot's questions.
In a three to six vote, the proposal was shot down. Theriot, Jared Bellard and Andy Naquin voted to move forward with the proposal, while Jay Castille, Brandon Shelvin, Kenneth Boudreaux, Donald Bertrand, Keith Patin, Kevin Naquin voted down the introductory item.
"In my opinion it was ridiculous to go forward with something that we have no authority to do to bring it to final," said Bertrand.
Theriot said he wasn't not surprised, because as it stands people can only vote on an issue that takes money out of their pocket according to state and local law. Theriot sees a problem with that.
"It can be changed, by amending the charter, if the people of Lafayette wanted to have issues that the council would allow them to vote on, which I think is a great thing, because one of the greatest things is your fundamental right to vote," said Theriot.
But the night ended on a positive note, as the council unanimously voted to move forward with UL's horse farm sale.
"Tonight was a historic moment for the horse farm and we're excited about the final vote in a couple weeks. What a great opportunity and I applaud all those that brought it to this point," said Bertrand.
The transaction of the horse farm to LCG will go to a final vote in two weeks. There are still details the council will have to hammer out, such as specific uses of the park and who will maintain it.