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January Newsletter

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope everyone had a great Christmas Season and brought in the New Year safely, full of hope and optimism for the new year. 
From a political standpoint, we welcomed two new councilmen along with seven returning councilmen. We were all sworn in officially on the 2nd of January, as is required by the charter, and ceremoniously the following day, just before the Council meeting.

The first action of the new council was to elect new officers. Jared Bellard is the new Chairman of the Council and William Theriot is Vice-Chairman. We have visited, and I believe they are taking their new responsibilities seriously and will put the good of the the future of Lafayette as a priority.

Mardi Gras Season is here, so just a reminder to enjoy all the festivities, but be safe. Lets never forget that one of the reasons Lafayette has the second to largest Mardi Gras in the country is because we are such a “family friendly” festival, lets strive to maintain that reputation.

As we begin this new year, one of the most important projects we will be working on is our comprehensive plan. Keep an eye open for opportunities to express your opinion(s). We need people who are excited about planning for the future, and we need people that aren’t necessarily even in favor of doing a plan. But, let's accept the fact that there is going to be a plan, so participate regardless and help make it even better by making it a true reflection of our community.

We will discuss this more at The State of the Parish on February 15th, at The Cajundome Convention Center. Hope to see you there!


The Charter Commission has recommended a change in consolidation. It would keep the services we receive consolidated, keeping the efficiencies we now have. But it would divide the government into a pure parish government and a pure city government for Lafayette. Do you support the Charter Commission's recommendation?