Employees of the Lafayette Juvenile Detention Home are believed to be packing-up and shipping-out. At least that's what one Lafayette City-Parish Councilman said Tuesday. Council Kenneth Boudreaux says it's because the parish run facility could be handed-over to the sheriff's office.
Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux says the decision to transition the detention home to the sheriff's office may not be final - but in the eyes of the employees it's a done deal. Boudreaux says it's not a cost saving measure to make the move. Boudreaux explains that the facility has a fund balance approaching $3 million, which means management has been fiscally sound.
"If this is it that's fine. This is a decision beyond me. What's important to me is what happens to the 20 to 25 employees who are over there," adds Boudreaux.
LCG Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley reassured the council that no decision has been finalized. Stanley says he has spoken with employees and with the sheriff's office, but again nothing has been nailed down.
"We don't know if it's going to make sense. We're not ready to make it as a recommendation. We're way early in the process."
Stanley says he's also concerned about the employees, that's why all options are being looked at. "I encouraged all the employees not to make a decision on fear.""
Stanley says the transfer of the Lafayette Juvenile Detention home is something City-Parish President Joey Durel has wanted - but with careful planning and thought. Councilman Boudreaux says talks alone can set wheels into motion.
The detention home is funded through a property tax that generates about $1.5 million to $1.7 million.
Also at Tuesday's council meeting, the amnesty program to pay your delinquent traffic tickets without a late fee - has been deferred. The council wants more time to figure-out the details of how the program will operate. It returns to the council on May 21.