The day after LCG's traffic department released figures showing a 58 percent decline in crashes near intersections with cameras that ticket speeders, the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 6-3 to continue funding the enforcement program. All of the money comes from fines collected by the SafeLight and SafeSpeed (the latter uses vans equipped with radars) program and is being used for maintenance and expansion. The Advocate reported today:
City-Parish Traffic and Transportation Director Tony Tramel returned to the council with a scaled-down funding request for $45,620 after the council in December denied an initial request for $152,500.
The traffic cameras were approved by the prior council, but the council — all new members who took office last year — have had increasing questions about the enforcement program in recent months.
Some council members have questioned its management and worry about a pending state lawsuit challenging the program’s constitutionality.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.