The Lafayette City and Parish councils meet in regular session today.
On the agendas are a partnership with Acadiana Center for the Arts to provide art for electric cabinets, housekeeping actions for the Lafayette City Marshal's Office and an agreement with the City of Scott to clean out the Coulee Ile des Cannes.
The councils will vote to approve the appointment of C. Michael Hill, who has been the interim City Marshal while former City Marshal Brian Pope was working through appeals of his felony conviction, as the City Marshal for the remainder of Pope's term - basically until the end of this year.
Both councils vote on the City Marshal post because the office's jurisdiction includes some areas of the parish, city-parish officials say.
Pope was convicted in 2018 of several felonies, and since that time has been "suspended" from the office until his appeals had run. This fall, the state Supreme Court refused to hear his appeal. After that, he was formally removed from office. He had tried to run for re-election, but two judges ruled he was not eligible.
Hill has been running the office since October 2018, when the city court's judges appointed him "interim" following Pope's convictions.
On the Parish Council agenda, councilmen will again consider an agreement that would turn over Scott Park to the City of Scott and Scott Area Team Sports.
The Parish Council meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. and the City Council meeting starts at 6 p.m.
There are several ways to attend or watch the meeting:
• AOC2 Public Access Channel (Cox Channel 16 or LUS Fiber Channel 4)
• Online at the Lafayette Consolidated Government homepage at www.lafayettela.gov
• On the Ustream website at www.ustream.tv/channel/lafayette-consolidated-governmentcouncil-meeting
• In-person attendance allowed at 75% capacity of auditorium
• Masks must be worn to enter
Public Comment Procedures:
• If you DO NOT WISH TO SPEAK, but wish to state your support for or opposition to an item:
▪ Submit your comments via e-mail to DoNotSpeakCM@lafayettela.gov
▪ In your message, you must identify which Council meeting agenda you are calling about (City or Parish), then include the agenda item number, your name and your position (for or against)
▪ Emails must be received prior to 4:30pm the day of the meeting
▪ Citizens still have the option to reach out to their individual Council Member(s)
Please be advised that while social distancing and other requirements are in place, some matters have been suspended to focus on essential governmental business. While holding public meetings, safety guidelines will be implemented.