Mar 20, 2012 10:56 PM by Maddie Garrett

Several Controversial Items Discussed at LCG Council Meeting

From the RedFlex contract to bans on smoking and the downtown bar levy, several hot topics were discussed at Tuesday's Lafayette Consolidated Council.

"Imagine how it feels that in order to provide for my family I must march right back into the toxic environment that nearly killed me," said musician David Egan at the meeting.

Egan said several years ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer and that doctors said it was likely caused by second hand smoke. Now, he's speaking out to council members, hoping to ban smoking in bars and music venues in Lafayette parish.

"My work environment should be as safe as yours," Egan told LCG council members.

Egan wasn't alone at Tuesday's council meeting though, several other musicians asked members to ban smoking in bars, incuding Grammy winner Chubby Carrier.

"We want them to team up with us, if we can work together. We're not asking anybody to be demanding, we want to work together," said Carrier after the meeting.

Another controversial issue brought up, whether or not to extend the RedFlex contract for Safe Light and Safe Speed cameras in Lafayette. The council ended up deciding to table the issue until next Tuesday to allow for more discussion on the traffic camera program.

A public forum and briefing will be held next week, on Tuesday March 27th and then on May 1st the council will vote on whether to renew the RedFlex contract or not.

"The briefing gives us the ability to bring forth the statistics and the facts and the successes of the program."

Finally, the council moved a step closer to ending the controversial downtown bar tax, at least temporarily. Council members approved an introductory ordinance to stop collecting the "Special Law Enforcement Levy" that charges downtown bars for extra police patrol, until a lawsuit fighting the tax is settled in court.



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