August 13, 2013 7:06 PM
Blighted properties are becoming a growing eye sore in dozens of Lafayette Parish neighborhoods and it's an ongoing battle with the city to hold property owners accountable.
One house on Patton Street off North Washington is boarded up and the yard is overgrown. Neighbors say they report the issues,... more »
July 26, 2013 12:39 AM
City Parish President Joey Durel is proposing a $598 million budget, which is up $17 million from last year. Some of the highlights include a %2.5 pay increase for LCG employees, something that hasn't happened in more than two years. The budget also includes some cost-cutting measures, for taxpayers, including... more »
December 18, 2012 11:30 PM
A sales tax increase was brought up at Tuesday night's Lafayette City-Parish council meeting as a way to offset budget woes. There was talk of proposing a one-cent increase in sales tax as soon as next year.
Councilman Brandon Shelvin opened up the discussion, saying in light of recent... more »
September 26, 2012 6:35 AM
Lafayette Commission on the Needs of Women presents the Women Of Excellence. The Women of Excellence have narrowed all the nominations down to 9 women of Acadiana who have made a significant impact on the community. This event will take place at the Frem Boustany Center on October 5, 2012... more »
September 14, 2012 6:56 PM
The gag order a federal judge has placed on the parties involved in the lawsuit against the Lafayette Police Department and Lafayette Consolidated Government is still in effect.
Nine current and former Lafayette Police Officers who are suing their superiors and local government appeared in federal court today. As... more »
September 13, 2012 11:33 PM
There were some cuts, some confusion and a few changes, but Lafayette City-Parish Government managed to pass a $581 million budget for next year. The council eliminated 84 city-parish jobs from the budget. However, those positions were vacant so no employees had to be laid off. Also, funding for non-profit... more »
July 26, 2012 11:45 PM
Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel had some tough words for the LCG Council Wednesday night as the administration introduced next year's proposed budget. Durel brought up a new issue at the meeting, saying he believes the City of Lafayette is paying more than it's fair share of the entire Parish... more »
July 24, 2012 11:35 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... more »
July 23, 2012 11:19 PM
Everyone has it and everyone pays to get rid of it -- your trash. But is Lafayette getting what it's paying for? Some council members think garbage pickup should change from once a week to twice a week, without raising rates.
"Once a week's fine with me," said Lafayette... more »
June 25, 2012 9:49 AM
Lafayette Consolidated Government's Neighborhood Pride Program is working directly with 5 other neighborhood organizations to enhance the environment of older neighborhoods in the "Community Development Block Grant Target Area". With in this area home owners who meet specific income requirements can be offered services such as:
* Painting Assistance... more »
June 19, 2012 11:54 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... more »
April 23, 2012 9:24 AM
Rob Guidry with the Lafayette Chamber makes his monthly visit to GMA to talk about INNOV8!!
Rob Guidry is dedicated to maintaining a economic climate conducive to creating jobs. Rob provides professional guidance while brokering ideas with the Board of Directors. He directs the staff and volunteers to always... more »
April 9, 2012 7:09 PM
A program to recognize Lafayette bars for becoming smoke-free didn't get much recognition itself. With no bars voluntarily agreeing to make the transition, the question is being raised: should smoking in bars be a choice or not?
"I was hoping that the industry would quote unquote fix itself and... more »
March 28, 2012 7:26 PM
A $5 million deficit has Lafayette City-Parish council members debating on how to fill the gap, by either making cuts for next year's budget, or increasing revenues. Talks of cuts could mean the deficit might hurt arts and public service organizations in Lafayette.
"With our current budget we are... more »
March 27, 2012 2:00 AM
As rallies are held across the country demanding justice in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, two LCG councilmen plan to take a stand on the matter Tuesday, by wearing hooded sweatshirts to the city-parish council meeting.
"We're going to do that to send a clear cut message, that... more »
March 20, 2012 10:56 PM
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... more »
January 17, 2012 11:26 PM
Seven downtown bars appealed hefty liquor license suspensions at Tuesday night's Lafayette City-Parish council meeting. B.E.D., Bootleggers, Rabbit Hole, Karma, Guamas and Shakers are all facing one year suspensions and Nite Town facing a three day suspension, after the bars failed to pay a controversial security tax.
But Tuesday... more »
January 17, 2012 4:33 PM
Seven Lafayette bars in the downtown area are appealing hefty liquor license suspensions at tonight's Lafayette Consolidated Government Meeting. The suspensions come after the bars failed to pay a controversial tax, specially levied against them to pay for downtown police detail. Coming up at 5 & 6, KATC's Maddie will... more »
December 22, 2011 11:09 PM
In a tie vote this week, Lafayette Consolidated Government shot down the proposal to end the downtown bar levy. But some bar owners aren't giving up their fight against the levy, and are re-filing a lawsuit in federal court.
As David Lawson gets ready to open his bar on... more »
December 21, 2011 12:33 AM
Lafayette Consolidated Government voted on two controversial issues at Tuesday night's meeting. The first big decision was a motion to eliminate an smart meters opt-out plan for LUS customers. The second vote centered on the controversial bar levy, which ended in a tie, ultimately keeping the levy in place.
... more »
November 3, 2011 11:57 PM
After a rash of fatal bicycle accidents in Acadiana, Lafayette Consolidated Government has decided to take action. But bicycle safety isn't just up to drivers, it's up to cyclists as well.
Jason Nicklaus Smith is what you would call an avid bicyclist, and said he's even been hit by... more »
September 27, 2011 11:22 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been crunching the numbers for next year's budget all summer. Even with the final vote Tuesday night, there was still more than one million dollars disputed among council members.
Three main amendments were still on the table Tuesday. All were controversial topics and mostly being... more »
September 22, 2011 11:14 PM
FEMA released new flood maps Thursday, which have been in the making since February 2008. And now Lafayette Consolidated Government has accepted the revised maps.
Thursday from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm residents were invited to attend an open house at the Southside Public Library to view the maps... more »
September 22, 2011 12:28 AM
Pending approval by the Lafayette City-Parish council, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) has tentatively reached a settlement with Greyhound Lines.
Greyhound filed suit against LCG back in June of 2008, after the newly-seated council rescinded a zoning change approved by the outgoing council the previous fall. The new council took... more »
August 2, 2011 11:34 PM
A group of Lafayette Parish residents pushed LCG, and Tuesday night they came out winners. At first, Lafayette Consolidated Government wanted to annex two subdivisions, Hernandez Heights and Walker's Lake, into Lafayette city limits. While most of Walker's Lake wanted to be annexed, most of Hernandez Heights didn't. And thanks... more »
August 2, 2011 8:11 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government amended an ordinance that would annex two unincorporated properties into the City of Lafayette. Originally, LCG wanted both "Walker's Lake" and "Hernandez Heights" to be annexed into Lafayette city limits. But about 75% of residents in Hernandez Heights protested, saying they didn't want to be annexed into... more »
July 17, 2011 8:44 PM
Jeff Larcade works for Lafayette Consolidated Government as a planner in the department of "planning, zoning and codes." He's facing charges of video voyeurism. Police were called yesterday to the Clifton Chenier Center on West Willow Street. That's where an employee discovered a camera, duct taped to the inside of... more »
July 5, 2011 1:06 AM
A proposal by Lafayette Consolidated Government to annex an unincorporated area of the parish is raising some eyebrows. Tuesday night the City-Parish Council will consider an introductory ordinance to annex land mainly consisting of two subdivisions between Lafayette and Broussard: Walker's Lake and Hernandez Heights.
"We would hope that... more »
April 12, 2011 11:48 PM
The Lafayette Charter Commission has finally set its plans in stone to have the public vote on two separate city and parish charters. Now that their work is done, and the future of Lafayette Consolidated Government rests in the hands of the people. So the big question now -- will... more »
April 5, 2011 6:24 AM
The Lafayette City-parish Council will consider final adoption of an ordinance to spend up to $6-million dollars to buy the UL horse farm.
In the deal the city would donate youth park to UL and the Community foundation of Acadiana would be in charge with coming up with funds... more »
April 4, 2011 6:12 AM
LCG's Charter Commission could make a final vote tonight. On the two separate charters proposal they decided on last week. The commission was hoping to extend it's April 13th deadline, but the city-parish council may not approve the extension.
Again a public hearing on the two separate charters will... more »
March 28, 2011 11:52 PM
The muddled future of Lafayette Consolidated Government is becoming a bit more clear, although nothing has been decided quite yet. Monday night the LCG Charter Commission did make a key decision on which proposal it would like to see go to a parish-wide vote, although nothing is set in stone.... more »
January 31, 2011 11:59 PM
Monday night, the Lafayette Charter Commission voted to request an extension from the City-Parish Council. The commission, which is discussing possible changes to the home-rule charter, is currently working on a deadline of April 21st.
By state law the commission would only be allowed a 9-month extension, but that's... more »
January 17, 2011 6:18 AM
A heads up if you plan on taking the bus in Lafayette today. In honor of Martin Luther King Day. LCG is suspending the regular fixed route, para-transit and night owl bus service. The transit service will resume Tuesday as normal. more »
January 5, 2011 12:36 AM
Mary Morrison, wife of outgoing Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Purvis Morrison was appointed to serve out the remaining year of her husband's term. Mr. Morrison was elected the Mayor of Scott back in the fall, and it was during his campaign that his wife first thought about seeking the seat.
... more »
January 3, 2011 5:26 PM
The Lafayette Parish City Council will be choosing a replacement for Purvis Morrison, former District 1 Councilman, January 4.
Morrison starts his new job today as Mayor of Scott.
There are five applicants for the council to choose from to fill Morrison's vacated seat.
Morrison's term, which... more »
November 16, 2010 11:49 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette commission exploring possible changes to city-parish government has voted to begin seriously considering a return to separate governing councils for the city and parish. The Advocate reports the Lafayette Charter Commission voted 8-1 Monday to research two options that might be put before voters... more »
November 3, 2010 8:23 PM
Taking your alcoholic drinks "to-go" will soon be a thing of the past in parts of Lafayette. The City Parish Council passed the so called "Go-Cup" ordinance late last night, after about three hours of debate. But, now some residents are questioning the details of the ordinance. KATC brought your... more »
October 11, 2010 6:25 PM
This weekend, Lafayette residents will have the opportunity to clean up their homes and neighborhoods in a community-wide event. The "Community Pride" Neighborhood Clean-Up Day will be held this Saturday. The Clean-Up Day is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents of the city and unincorporated areas of the... more »
September 21, 2010 12:09 AM
Take a Monday afternoon stroll on McKinley Street in Lafayette and it's apparent what goes on there over the weekend. Beer bottles, broken glass and those popular go cups are a common sight at the edge of the sidewalk and elsewhere. "Bottles, go cups, even wine bottles, pretty much anything... more »
September 6, 2010 7:09 PM
Taking your drink from bar-to-bar in to-go cups in Lafayette may not be allowed in a few weeks if a new city law passes.
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been meeting with police and bar owners for years.
They say they want to keep people safe and help law... more »
April 26, 2010 1:12 PM
Lafayette City-Parish Council voted-and got all 9 members to say "yes"-to annexing the land they say is rightfully theirs.
"We've protected a city-owned asset paid for by city taxes, and made sure that piece of property is in the city of Lafayette," says Parish President Joey Durel.
The... more »
April 18, 2010 12:01 AM
Lafayette's first City-Parish President has died at his Broussard home. Walter Comeaux served as City-Parish president from 1996 to 2004.
His public service career spans three decades including the Broussard City Council and the Lafayette Parish Police Jury. Some of his accomplishments include the Clifton Chenier Center, capital improvements... more »
April 5, 2010 3:39 PM
The series of town hall meetings that began March 22 at locations throughout Lafayette Parish will continue tonight at the Scott Branch Library.
The theme of the town hall conversation is Lafayette Consolidated Charter: Is it working for you, why or why not?
Members of the public are... more »
February 22, 2010 9:52 AM
Tonight, February 22, 2010, City Parish Councilman Keith Patin is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming vote on the possible repeal of the Lafayette Consolidated Government charter. Attendance is encouraged as the council is scheduled to vote on March 9, 2010. Patin has invited Bruce Conque with... more »
February 16, 2010 8:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to... more »
February 11, 2010 1:42 PM
LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department announced that the bridge on Robley Drive at the Broadmoor Coulee was opened to traffic today, as all but minor items of work are completed.
The actual structure is a box culvert designed to be compatible with the future permanent... more »
November 9, 2009 2:25 PM
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Consolidated Government has been named a recipient of the "Real Solutions" award by Hyland Software. In late 2007, LCG began implementing OnBase interprise-wide document imaging software in an effort to open up more government documents for easy public viewing, to save money by eliminating redundant paper copies,... more »
October 29, 2009 10:03 AM
Lafayette Consolidated Government is giving you a chance to recycle what you may have around the house.LCG will sponsor a household chemical drop off day, Saturday, October 31st from 8 until noon at the Cajun Field parking lot. To participate, you must live in the city of Lafayette or unincorporated... more »
October 21, 2009 9:06 AM
Council members worked well into the night deciding whether or not to pass or override items that Parish-President Joey Durel vetoed. Earlier this month the Lafayette Consolidated Council approved 420- thousand-dollars for pay increases at the fire department. Durel vetoed the pay raise and last night, the council went along... more »
October 21, 2009 8:43 AM
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... more »
October 7, 2009 9:56 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette City-Parish Councilman pushing for GPS tracking of all Lafayette Consolidated Government vehicles. Councilman Keith Patin said he's seen vehicles at a Lafayette bank several times in the past, especially on Fridays, as well as at other locations in Lafayette and even New Iberia. Lafayette... more »
October 1, 2009 8:28 AM
" A road like this right here is going to alleviate some traffic that would normally stack up at Ambassador Caffery and Johnston street. It gives people a way who are trying to get in that general area of town, but don't need to go to that intersection; a different... more »
September 30, 2009 10:08 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Twenty-three nonprofit organizations that received funding from Lafayette Consolidated Government this year will receive funding again in the 2009-10 fiscal year that begins November 1. The Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 6 to 3 Tuesday to approve funding for all agencies for a total of $452,723. The... more »
September 29, 2009 7:39 AM
The Lafayette Consolidated Government meets tonight to discuss the budget. It's up for a final adoption after months of discussions and input from residents. more »