Posted: Jul 24, 2012 10:35 PM by Maddie Garrett
Updated: Jul 24, 2012 10:36 PM
The City of Youngsville made an unusual request to Lafayette Consolidated Government Tuesday night. Mayor Wilson Viator wrote the council a letter, asking LCG to pay for repairs on one of Youngsville's bridges. The mayor said the city doesn't have the money for the bridge project; this comes at a time when the Youngsville road projects are under-funded.
The bridge is on Neblique Road, by the dilapidated looks of it, it clearly needs repairs. But if Youngsville can't pay for it, can the City ask the LCG for help?
"It's out of the ordinary and it's probably premature to really ask for that money because it's really never happened in the 30 or 40 years, that I'm aware of, in parish government," said Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel
But Viator argued in the letter that over the past five years, Youngsville citizens paid $1.8 million in taxes to the Parish for road and bridge maintenance projects and now the city wants to see some of that money.
"It's a legitimate discussion, if Mr. Theriot wants to have that discussion, about whether or not parish money would, for the first time, be forced to be spent inside the cities," said Durel.
Durel said if that were to happen, it would come at the expense of the unincorporated areas, which currently receive those funds to pay for infrastructure.. And Public Works Director Tom Carroll said he can only think of one exception where parish dollars were spent in a city.
"I do remember West Bayou Parkway, they did the paving of West Bayou Parkway. But other than that, whether it's a bridge in Carencro or Duson or Scott or Youngsville or Broussard, we have never participated with the parish funds in those municipalities," Carroll told the Council.
Youngsville faces more trouble down the road. Council members said a bid contract for road improvements on Bonin and Chemin Metarie is over budget by $500,000. The Youngsville City Council meets Wednesday night at 6:00pm to discuss what to do about the road improvement bids.