LCG Council Chairman Jared Bellard joined 'Mornings With Ken and Bernie' today to report on last night's council meeting.  According to Bellard Lafayette will receive $1.4 million in SAFER grants from the Department of Homeland Security to construct a new fire station. Bellard said,

The new station will be located behind Walmart on Curan Lane near Domingue Road. He said the money will fund construction and then budget cuts will have to be made to operate the station after the first two years.  Safety is not one of the cuts I would support.

In addition Bellard said the Council:

  • Approved a monthly fee of $12.20 for citizens of Lafayette that want to "opt out" of smart meter usage at their home.
  • Approved a resolution that would allow a police officer living outside of the city limits of Lafayette to serve on the Civil Service Board.
  • Approved an increase in parking fees for parking meters in Downtown Lafayette and an increase in parking fees for parking garages in the city.  Metered parking charges would increase from 60 cents per hour to a dollar per hour while garage parking would increase from 25 cents per half hour to one dollar per half hour.

Listen to the interview: