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.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
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LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
Rachel Hector returns home to cultivate a generation of yoga instructors.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
A constellation of South Louisiana musical stars descends on Parc Sans Souci to honor an ailing David Egan.
INDStyle Awards 2014 was one for the books; the American Cancer Society took over The Victorian's big tent; and the battle of the sexes was alive and well for Walk a Runway's Christmas fundraiser.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra teams up with choreographer Clare Cook for a modern take on a Stravinsky classic.
Local food pantries begin seasonal drives
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Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Creative living flourishes at Downtown’s artist hub
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Bold looks for fall define INDStyle Awards 2014
Statement pieces for the season
The gents venture out
Project Front Yard has been launched to help us change our image and our habits.
Alleged victim is a Navy vet with brain trauma resulting from a car accident three decades ago.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Richard Buswell was sentenced Tuesday to more than 10 years in prison for his role in an investment scheme that defrauded his clients of more than $6 million.
The Latin Music Festival returns to Parc International this Saturday, Oct. 4, from noon to 10 p.m.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.