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Lafayette councils have full agendas

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Posted at 3:10 PM, Oct 19, 2020

The Lafayette City and Parish councils meet in regular session tomorrow, and both entities have full agendas.

On the City Council agenda is a resolution ordering the Guillory administration to withdraw the city as a plaintiff in a lawsuit trying to stop the council from hiring a lawyer who doesn't work for Mayor Josh Guillory. The council voted to hire its own attorney, and that was vetoed by Guillory. The council overrode that veto. Now there's a suit, filed by Guillory's attorneys, attempting to halt the hiring of the council's lawyer.

The resolution accuses Guillory's attorneys of acting against their own client, the city and the city council, in filing the suit, and describes the suit as "political shenanigans." The resolution directs Guillory's lawyers to drop the city from the lawsuit.

The council also is asking for an update from the Guillory Administration on the audit of LUS and the vacancies in the LUS system. This comes just a few weeks after District Attorney Keith Stutes issued a scathing letter to Guillory regarding that audit and statements by Guillory that implied wrong-doing within the system. To read our story about that letter, click here.

The Lafayette City Council also is set to discuss the awarding of grants to so-called "external agencies." This year, the committee overseeing grant applications has recommended the following:

The Parish Council has several ordinances up for final adoption that would create agreements with other governments and agencies to take over operation of the City-Parish parks in Scott, Carencro, Duson and Judice.

And, on the Joint Council agenda are a resolution setting out the way the dual councils will meet and operate together and an ordinance up for final adoption that would transfer $400,000 to Catholic Charities to help people having housing issues due to the COVID pandemic.

You can see all the agendas and agenda items for yourself by going to this page and selecting the date of the meeting from the drop-down menu:

Meetings of the Lafayette City and Parish Councils are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month.

Parish Council meetings begin at 5:00 p.m. and City Council meetings begin at 6:00 p.m.

The meetings are aired live on both LUS Fiber-Channel 3 and on Cox Communications-Channel 16, then replayed on the following Friday at 7:00 p.m.