The Lafayette Consolidate Council will beging a series of hearings Wednesday for the 2009-10 budget — seven meetings in all that will comb through the budget line by line, followed on Aug. 27 by a meeting devoted to public input and up to two follow-up meetings after that. Last week City-Parish President Joey Durel submitted a proposed $587 million budget, down $49 million or 8 percent from the ’08-09 budget in anticipation of a continuing decline in sales tax revenue.
Wednesday’s 4 p.m. meeting will look at police and fire department expenses. Additional meetings — all of them scheduled for 4 p.m. — will be held Monday, Aug. 10 (public works and capital improvements), Tuesday, Aug. 11 (18 departments/entities including district attorney, the health unit, city marshal’s office and the Cajundome), Wednesday, Aug. 19 (parks/recreation, administrative and information services, community development), Thursday, Aug. 20 (traffic, planning, city prosecutor, adult corrections), Monday, Aug. 24 (utilities and communications) and Wednesday, Aug. 26 (administration, council, finance and management).
LCG has posted a complete schedule of budget hearings with items up for consideration here.
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.