After rejecting the idea late last year, the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, in a close 3-2 vote last week, reversed course and approved a rate increase for Lafayette Utilities System. The City-Parish Council seconded the decision with a razor-thin 5-4 of its own. Not the politically popular move, the council nevertheless had the foresight to recognize the long-term need for the rate increase, which will not only keep LUS’ services from deteriorating, but also ensure the public utility’s ability to invest in new efficiencies and upgrades. In particular, councilmen Sam Dore, who changed his position on the issue, and Jay Castille and Purvis Morrison, both of whom represent few LUS customers, are to be commended for putting politics aside and making a good business decision for Lafayette’s most valuable asset.
It was a rough week in court for the Lafayette Parish School Board. First, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out LPSB’s suit against an architecture firm for water intrusion problems at N.P. Moss Middle School. Both courts found that a five-year prescription period had already expired prior to the school system filing suit. At the same time in a separate matter, the Third Circuit dealt another blow to LPSB in ruling that the sales tax division must return more than $443,000 in use taxes assessed to an oilfield services company for equipment stored but not used in Lafayette Parish. Come to think of it, it was a bad week for Lafayette Parish taxpayers, since the school system belongs to us.
Michael Marshall obviously didn’t pick up The Independent’s recent “Green Issue.” The 64-year-old Calcasieu Parish knuckle head likes to keep it real — real toxic. After being ordered by parish officials to clean up his trash and demolish a dilapidated structure on his property, Marshall stopped by the fire department and asked if it would be OK if he just burned it all. When the department told him no, he reportedly said he was going to do it anyway and then proceeded to follow up on the threat — not only setting fire to the structure but also parking a vehicle at the property’s entrance and preventing the fire department from responding. According to state Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Jean Kelly, Marshall’s fireworks show also featured the explosions of several high-pressure tanks inside the structure. He was arrested last week by state police and charged with felony disposal of hazardous substances that could endanger human health or the environment. There was no charge for being a couillon.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, March 12, 2014:
Abshire has rejoined the Lafayette Bar Association, where she previously served as marketing coordinator under longtime Executive Director Susan Holliday
Home-grown Baton Rouge market/deli heads to Lafayette.
Deadline for submitting noms for annual competition is March 15
Whitney Bank officials have confirmed that the downtown branch will cease to exist when it relocates its regional headquarters to River Ranch at the end of May.
So far the Democratic agenda includes proposals to expand Medicaid; increase the minimum wage; offer equal pay to women; heighten regulations on predatory lending practices, like payday loans; and add more transparency in the governor’s office.
Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super.
Downtown Lafayette restaurant launches new concept near Le Triomphe
Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story.
Yeah, it's smoked venison sausage stuffed in a suckling pig stuffed in a lamb and roasted over an open fire.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal offered a budget proposal that suggests new education and health care spending, pay raises for state workers and an incentive fund to encourage colleges to enhance their science, engineering and technology training.
Reamco founders Brent Milam and Ashley Lane now shareholders in acquiring company and part of its management team.
Low heels, high style
The board hopes to recover all fees paid, plus one-half, along with what could amount to hundreds of thousands in additional penalties.
Oh, the irony... or something like that.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Hopefully he’ll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition.
They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature’s long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air, our water and our coastline, all in the name of good economics.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base.
Louisiana's annual legislative session begins.
The state has hired marksmen to shoot feral hogs from helicopters at two wildlife management areas in south Louisiana.
St. Patty's Day crafts
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.