Lafayette Council Chairman Jared Bellard joined 'Mornings With Ken & Bernie' today to discuss last night's council meeting.  The introductory ordinance that would bring safe-light/speed vans to a public vote failed by a 6 - 3 vote last night.

According to Bellard,

"City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert stated that in order to have a public vote for the traffic cameras you would need 15 percent of the registered voters to sign a petition in order to have the issue go to the voters."

We asked Bellard if the 15 percent of the registered voters were voters in the city limits of Lafayette or 15 percent of the parish voters.  He said attorney Mike Hebert was researching the issue because the Lafayette City-Parish Charter does not address the problem.

If Hebert determines that 15 percent of the voters in the city can bring the issue to a public vote it would automatically go to the ballot.  If Hebert determines that 15 percent of voters in Lafayette proper and the unincorporated areas of the parish are needed to bring about a public vote, the issue would first have to be approved by the Lafayette Consolidated Government Council.

Listen to the interview: