District 2 and District 3 will both have separate town hall meetings Thursday, July 19. District 2 Councilman Jay Castille is hosting one at the Carencro Community Center at 6 p.m.
District 3 Councilman Patrick Lewis is hosting one at the City Hall Council Auditorium.
Last week the Lafayette City-Parish Council introduced an ordinance that would replace the combined city and parish councils for the first time since 1996. Residents complained about being left out of the discussion. Council members are hosting town hall meetings throughout the week to ensure the community has a part in the decision.
Here’s a break down once again of the charter amendment. If approved, it would abolish the nine-person city-parish council and replace it with a five-person parish council. It will abolish the Planning and Zoning Commission and create separate ones for the city and parish. It will not change the election responsibilities of the mayor-president. It will not de-consolidate the Lafayette Consolidated Government. It will ensure people only elected by Lafayette voters make decisions on issues, budgets and taxes regarding Lafayette.
District 3 Councilman Patrick Lewis believes it’s providing opportunities for the community to explore other options. He encourages the community to get involved with the town hall meetings.
“They need to come out so they can be informed. So, they can have a position. They should come out and support their opinion about it and, also, if they have any questions, this is the place where they can get their answers.,” said Councilman Patrick Lewis.
Councilman Lewis’s Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Hall Council Auditorium.
District 2 Councilman Jay Castille Town Hall Meeting is also scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at the Carencro Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave., Carencro.