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Lafayette meetings tonight: Drainage and taxes

Posted at 12:08 PM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 22:48:46-04

The regular City Council, Parish Council and Joint Councils meetings are set for tonight.

The City Council will honor retiring Lafayette Police Deputy Chief Reginald Thomas, and the Parish Council will vote on a resolution calling an election to re-dedicate CREATE funds to fire protection and roads.

The Joint Council Meeting will hear a presentation from a local group, Dredge the Vermilion, which wants to talk about the "threat from Projects to Widen, Clear and Improve Drainage in Lafayette Parish."

The group plans a press conference before the meeting, but they've told us that they "strongly urge Lafayette Consolidated Government to take immediate action to address this growing risk. Such mitigating steps include ceasing any widening and clearing projects pending a valid study of the consequences of such projects. Our organization also urges LCG to prevent the harm that would occur in a future rain event if such projects as presently planned are completed."

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which would have to authorize any dredging of the river, released a study in Februrary indicating that fewer than 200 homes would be saved by the action, which would cost an estimated $150 million.

The council 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.

If you plan to attend, you will be checked for a temperature, and there is a limit of 41 people in the auditorium. Overflow will be seated in the foyer. If you don't want to attend, you can watch the meeting here. You can see the agendas here. Just pick the date, and you will see an index of agendas and items to click. If you click on the links, you can see attachments and documents. And, you can still comment without attending. You can email a comment to donotspeakcm@lafayettela. gov and you can call 291-8428 starting at 2 p.m. to note your support or objection to an item.