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Council introduces ordinance splitting city, parish parks funds

Item up for final adoption on August 18
LCG
Posted at 11:15 PM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 00:16:15-04

LAFAYETTE — An ordinance designed to remove parish council influence over the Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department has received introductory approval after a nearly two-hour discussion.

The Lafayette City Council unanimously introduced the ordinance despite concerns from Mayor-President Josh Guillory and councilman Andy Naquin that some of its provisions violate the city-parish charter. Other council members countered that the item could be revised during the two weeks leading up to final adoption. They added if more time is needed to revise the ordinance, the council can defer the item before the August 18 meeting.

The ordinance would pull funding for parks and recreation facilities outside Lafayette city limits. Earlier in the night, the parish council called a special meeting for next Monday to introduce its own ordinance that would give $200,000 to keep open four recreation centers slated for closure and to prevent the layoff of 37 parks employees.

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