The Lafayette City-Parish Council Tuesday evening will vote on whether to grant Lafayette Utilities System a rate hike. Two weeks ago the council approved the rate increase as an introductory ordinance by a 7-2 vote; in December the Lafayette Public Utility Authority — the governing body for LUS comprising the five majority-city council members — shot down the increase. A change of heart by recently elected LPUA chair Sam Dore was the swing vote two weeks ago.
If approved, the average LUS household can expect a 7-percent increase — about $11 — in its monthly utility bill in 2010 and 2011. LUS Director Terry Huval has made a strong case for the rate hike, arguing that much-needed maintenance to the system could be neglected otherwise.
The council meeting convenes at 5:30 p.m. in the council auditorium.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.