Lafayette City Parish President Joey Durel kicks off a series of six town hall meetings tonight with the theme, "Lafayette Consolidated Charter: Is it working for you?" The town halls come amidst renewed discussions weighing the benefits of a  consolidated government. A council committee set up in January to review upcoming reapportionment issues wound up recommending the council call a public election on de-consolidation that would revert Lafayette back to its old city and parish charters (the council opted to defer that ordinance on March 9). Council Chairman Jay Castille is now calling on the formation of a charter commission to recommend amendments to the current charter for voters to consider in Spring 2011.

In a press release announcing the town hall meetings, Durel says, “These meetings are a result of conversations that I have had with constituents in collaboration with Councilmen Don Bertrand, Keith Patin, and Kenneth Boudreaux.  We all recognize there is a need in our community to discuss this issue, and so we are looking forward to hearing about our constituents’ experiences with consolidation and questions about the futures." Here's the schedule:

March 22, 2010
Clifton Chenier Center
220 West Willow, Lafayette
5:30- 7:00 PM

March 29, 2010
Youngsville Library
506 Lafayette Street, Youngsville (Twin Oaks Plaza)
5:30- 7:00 PM

March 30, 2010
Holy Rosary Institute*
421 Carmel Drive, Lafayette
5:30- 7:00 PM
*Held in conjunction with the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

April 5, 2010
Scott Branch Library
5805 West Cameron Street, Scott
5:30- 7:00 PM

April 12, 2010
South Regional Library
6101 Johnston Street, Lafayette
5:30- 7:00 PM

April 26, 2010
North Regional Library
5101 N. University Avenue,  Carencro
5:30- 7:00 PM

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