Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel revealed several proposals during his annual State of the Parish Address. His proposals were wrapped in the central theme of "Momentum Lafayette."
Though finances and allocation proposals were heavily discussed, consolidation topped his list of goals.
"The governments are not consolidated," he began. "The city and parish governments are still two separate entities."
Durel proposed increasing the city's self-governance, while supporting outside areas. He is supporting an idea of re-shaping the city-parish council, by allowing five councilmen to handle Lafayette only issues, and four councilmen to represent outside areas. Chief Administrative Officer of the Lafayette Consolidated Government, Dee Stanley, agreed with the idea of tweaking the current government roles.
"We could change the existing charter that we have to be more representative of not only the city of Lafayette, but those other smaller areas."
Durel spoke on one issue he believes has been the most problematic in the past. Annexation. Currently, the city of Broussard and Durel are debating the annexation of land. To prevent further issues, Durel proposed having unincorporated areas in the parish mapped out, to allow land to be reserved, in the event a town wishes to annex.
Councilman (District Four) Kenneth Boudreaux said he liked the idea of an annexation map, "but there are some populations that still desire to be in an unincorporated area, where there are no rules."
Among other topics in his speech, Durel announced the possibility of converting the Horse Farm into a public park. He also announced the retirement of Traffic and Transportation director of Tony Tramel.
Tramel is expected to step down in 45 days.
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