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LCG Councilman's news conference about LPTFA board

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A Lafayette Consolidated Councilman is calling for action. Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux wants the administration and the council to step up to the plate. The Lafayette Public Trust financing authority is facing a vote Tuesday that could result in its board being dissolved.

Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux was no holds barred during a news conference he held Friday. Bourdeaux said that a precedent has been set. The dismantling of the housing authority board several years ago set the standard. A standard Boudreaux believes should apply to the LPTFA. "This is about a governing body going forward and sending a message to Lafayette on how we are going to conduct business.  What do people see when they look at Lafayette."

The council approved board is made up of five volunteers. Boudreaux said none of them are minority. He's calling for diversity. He explains that his request was met with an insensitive comment. The reply he said inferred that low income housing is being built to meet the needs of minorities.

"People who have contacted me today saying build those poor black people some housing, but don't let them on your board. It's that type of insensitive comment and behavior that has Lafayette in the condition it's in today."

The Lafayette Public Trust authority undertakes projects and programs in the interest of Lafayette. According to LPTFA, the money they spend is self-generated and no tax dollars are used.

A recent report by the state Legislative Auditor found among other findings internal control concerns, but nothing illegal. Boudreaux wants the board dissolved and to begin the process to fill those seats. "As it relates to the individual members that's something that can be entertained during a conversation.  The resolution as it was written was to clean the board out."

We left a telephone message for LPTFA chairman John Arceneaux. So far, he has not returned our call.

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