Oct 21, 2009 8:46 AM by Megan Shiering
The Lafayette City Parish Council is immersed in the budget tonight, voting on the items vetoed earlier this month by Parish President Joey Durel.
Durel vetoed the items for two reasons, he felt there was not enough discussion and not enough information.
Tonight the council got an earful.
Earlier this month the Lafayette Consolidated Council approved 420 thousand dollars for pay increases at the fire department.
Because of new information after the vote Parish President Joey Durel vetoed the item.
Council members spent time Tuesday night hearing how the city and parish's pockets would be affected if the raise went into affect.
When the final vote was tallied the council went along with the veto.
Officials say they will revisit the pay raise again.
On another topic, council members were given a presentation of the capabilities of GPS tracking systems in vehicles.
Several councilmen were not pleased this information was just given to them after the 2009-2010 budget was approved.
But in the end there were not enough votes to override the veto so GPS systems in LCG vehicles will be installed as well as Lafayette Utilities vehicles.
The council also voted down Durel's veto on 150-thousand-dollars to overlay the parking lots at two parish parks.