Fiscal season kicks off; MP angles for more authority; $250,000 for a skate park; $1 million for a new shelter – The Current

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Reports

Discussion on the LUS utility bill. Councilwoman Liz Hebert put the item on the agenda after hearing voter concerns about high LUS bills. A recent drop in fuel prices has dampened some of the price increases.

Heymann Park Improvements. Councilman Glenn Lazard called for another report on the matter, following a discussion last month that revealed the mayor-president had shifted gears on long-standing plans to improve Heymann Park. Scuttling a plan for a new amphitheater, the administration swapped architects to create a more ambitious plan for the park. It’s unclear how long the change will delay improvements.

Final adoption

$700,000 for the Digby Avenue Detention Project. This arrangement draws funds from the balance of the City Sales Tax Capital Project Fund. The projected cost of this project is $2 million. This pond should be dug just south of the Lake Farm Road ponds.

$250,000 for the Thomas Park skate park. This arrangement transfers $283,462 from Fabacher’s Terrain Improvement Project to “Thomas Park Skate Park” ($250,000) and “Parks Improvement City Wide Project” ($33,462). The city council has already earmarked $250,000 in coronavirus relief funds for the new skate park.

$1 million for a new shelter. This arrangement appropriates city’s coronavirus relief funds to help the Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing build a $11 million for shelter and housing to address housing insecurity.

calls

Westbend Ridge Development. Residents filed a call asking the city council to rescind planning commission approval for this townhouse development on Verot School Road.

Steiner Lofts. The developers of Steiner Lofts filed a call asking the city council to overrule the planning commission’s rejection of its development plan. The bill won majority support but failed to obtain the required number of votes to pass.

Introduction

$430,000 transferred from drainage to roads. This arrangement transferring $250,000 from a completed drainage system upgrade to the urban asphalt paving/reconstruction project and $180,000 to the Highway 89 widening project.

$1.5 million in federal housing funds. This arrangement increases revenue from Community Development Block Grants received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used for a variety of programs, including housing rehabilitation.

$705,000 in federal housing funds. This arrangement increases HOME program revenue received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These funds are used for a variety of programs, including housing for low-income people.

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