The Lafayette City and Parish councils met in regular session on Tuesday, and among the topics set to be discussed were booze and ambulances.
Both councils unanimously approved an ordinance that would set out the structure that allows companies to deliver alcohol in the city and parish. The councils also approved the exclusive contract for Acadian Ambulance to provide ambulance services in the city and parish.
The alcohol delivery ordinance, which you can read here, allows employees or contractors of delivery companies with alcohol permits to deliver alcohol as long as they are 21 years old and have a bar card.
Under the ordinance, only beer, wine and sparkling wine can be delivered by third party permit holders from restaurants and bars, and it must be sealed in the manufacturer's container. Also, any alcohol delivery must contain food as well if it is from a restaurant, under the terms of the ordinance.
The ambulance ordinance, which you can read here, gives Acadian exclusive rights to emergency and non-emergency ambulance services within the city and parish of Lafayette. It authorizes the mayor-president to sign a five-year contract with AASI. It sets out the requirements, including insurance and employee certifications, that the company must conform to. It also forbids the company from refusing to respond to a call because of a patient's inability to pay. It sets conditions for an annual audit to be reviewed by the ambulance control board, and sets response time requirements.
Those conditions require that Acadian's response time must be less than 8 minutes for 80 percent of its annual calls; 12 minutes for 70 percent of its calls; and 20 minutes for 95 percent of its calls in the parish.