The three Lafayette Consolidated Government councilmen who authored an ordinance to replace the current council with two five-seat entities to handle parish and city business separately say they are moving to push the final vote on the ordinance back two weeks.
In a joint email, District 2 Councilman Jay Castille, District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux and District 6 Councilman Bruce Conque say they will ask the council to postpone its vote on the new council structure for Lafayette until the August 7 meeting.
According to the email, LCG attorneys researched whether pushing back the final adoption date would still allow the measure to meet necessary filing and advertising deadlines for a December election. The ordinance had been scheduled for a final adoption vote on July 24.
Several council members have already scheduled town hall meetings for voters to ask questions and give feedback. Those scheduled so far are:
— District 2 Councilman Jay Castille: Thursday, July 19 6 p.m. at the Carencro Community Center.
— District 3 Councilman Pat Lewis: Thursday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. in the council auditorium at Lafayette City Hall.
— District 4 Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux: Tuesday, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chenier Center.
— District 6 Councilman Bruce Conque and District 8 Councilwoman Liz Hebert: Monday, July 16 at 5:30 at the South Regional Library.
— District 7 Councilwoman Nanette Cook: Wednesday, July 18 at the Comeaux Recreation Center.
District 1 Councilman Kevin Naquin has been on vacation and has not announced a town hall meeting yet. Neither have District 5 Councilman Jared Bellard or District 9 Councilman William Theriot.
Although the measure was introduced with five votes, it requires six votes to pass upon final adoption. In the vote to introduce the measure, Theriot, Bellard and Lewis voted against introduction. Hebert will not be able to attend the meeting on July 24, which would mean one of the three no votes would have to flip for the measure to pass if the decision were not pushed back.
As proposed, the plan would create a Lafayette City Council and a Lafayette Parish Council, each with five members. It would not split services, like public works or parks and recreation, and would also retain the current mayor-president position.
Elections for the new positions — if the ordinance passes a parish-wide vote — would take place in the fall of 2019.