LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — The Lafayette Consolidated Government has called a special meeting of the city council for Thursday to approve payments to investigators looking into the dealings of Mayor-President Josh Guillory.
The agenda for the meeting lists five invoices to the Baton Rouge accounting firm of Faulk & Winkler totalling $45,495 the council will decide whether to pay. It will almost certainly approve the payments, as $100,000 has already been appropriated with two previous ordinances “for the purpose of investigating the Executive Branch of the City of Lafayette.”
“We originally allocated 1000 hours but to this point we have spent $49,500,” City councilman Glenn Lazard said.
Lazard said due to the Legislative Auditor’s office looking into the same issues as Faulk & Winkler, the city council advised the firm to turn over any information they’ve gathered to the legislative auditor’s office. He said the city council has ceased their investigation through the firm and the special meeting that has been scheduled is to resolve payments made to the CPA firm.
“The special call meeting tomorrow, it’s just some house cleaning of items to do some resolutions to authorize some prior payments that have been made to the firm that we had hired,” Lazard said.
The council also reported a previous payment of an invoice to the firm in the amount of $7,960. According to the public notice of the meeting, the proposed ordinance seeking to pay the five invoices “endeavors to settle all disbursement in the same manner” as the previous invoice.
The meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. tomorrow.