By a unanimous 8-0 vote (Dist. 6 Councilman Sam Dore was absent), the Lafayette Consolidated Council advanced an introductory ordinance that would eliminate city-parish funding for non-governmental organizations. A final vote on the measure sponsored by council members William Theriot (Dist. 9) and Jared Bellard (Dist. 5) will be held July 21. If approved, the ordinance would shift control of roughly $452,000 in direct funding ($780,000, including in-kind donations) for nonprofit agencies such as 232-HELP, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, the Acadiana Arts Council and Festival International de Louisiane to the Community Foundation of Acadiana and phase out that funding to nothing over a three-year period.
The vote came following an impassioned, extemporaneous plea from Maria Placer, director of social-service non-profit 232-HELP and former anchor and news director of KLFY TV-10, and a measured presentation from Gerd Wuestemann, the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ executive director and an internationally celebrated classical guitarist.
In other council news, the LCC gave the go-ahead for the Lafayette Natural History Museum to change its name to the Lafayette Science Museum. The council also granted an exemption from the city's spirits ordinance to the new Jefferson Orleans Restaurant, located at the corner of Jefferson and Johnston streets, allowing it to acquire a liquor license.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.