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Two councilmen call special meeting to discuss P&R changes

Posted at 11:51 AM, Jul 27, 2020

Two members of the Lafayette City Council have a special joint meeting of the councils tomorrow that would halt the closure of four rec centers and layoff of 37 employees.

The ordinance, presented by councilmen AB Rubin and Pat Lewis, would put the kibash on Mayor-President Josh Guillory's plan to close four rec centers on the northside and layoff 37 employees in the Parks and Recreation Department.

Guillory says LCG has to close four recreation centers, all on the Northside, characterizing LCG's funding of one of its own departments as "subsidizing."

To read our stories about that, click here, here and here.

There have been several protests against the plan, and a petition started to oppose it. To see the petition, click here.

The ordinance would require that the current budget and the proposed budget reflect the continued operation of those centers and the continued employment of those 37 people.

As justification, the ordinance points out that the council hasn't been given time to review documentation of the shortfalls that Guillory alleges in the budget, and that the last three months of the fiscal year are the best determination of what is to come.

The special meeting is set for 3 p.m. tomorrow.