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Lafayette City, Parish Councils approve ordinance limiting meeting times

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Posted at 8:32 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 21:32:34-04

LAFAYETTE, La. — The Lafayette City and Parish Councils meet in regular session Tuesday where they unanimously approved an ordinance that would limit the time for each meeting.

That ordinance will limit the length of parish council meetings to 90 minutes and city council meetings to four hours. Public comments will be capped at three minutes instead of the five minutes limit currently in place. The councils would have an option to extend their meetings by 30 minutes if needed.

This comes after several marathon meetings that ended at or after midnight.

The parish council approved several ordinances that will give individual municipalities more control over local parks.

Under the ordinances, the parish will enter into agreements with the Carencro and Duson to allow those cities to maintain and operate the parks within their municipalities.

The ordinance proposed for parish to enter into an agreement with Scott for Scott Park was deferred to the Nov. 18 meeting to give the council more time to review all of the documents.

Another ordinance that was approved by the parish council will create an agreement between the parish and Southwest Athletics, Inc., to allow it to run Judice Park.

The city council approved a resolution that instructs the Lafayette City-Parish Attorney to remove the city council as plaintiffs in a lawsuit to determine if the city council can hire its own special counsel.

That lawsuit was filed by City-Parish Attorney Greg Logan that states the city council does not have the authority to hire Lee Ann Baston as special counsel to help them with budget issues. Logan included

The council voted to hire its own attorney earlier this year, and that was vetoed by Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory. The council overrode that veto, which led to the lawsuit from the city-parish attorney.

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