LAFAYETTE — The City-Parish Council on Tuesday blocked a planned garbage transfer station in north Lafayette, setting the stage for an almost certain lawsuit from the developers of the project.
The council voted unanimously to support a proposal by Councilman Brandon Shelvin to direct the city-parish administration to revoke a permit for the planned transfer station on Sunbeam Lane.
The developers of the site had sent a letter to city-parish officials last week pledging a lawsuit should the council vote to rescind the permit the facility, where site work has already begun.
The controversy is over a transfer station where waste company IESI plans to offload garbage from commercial customers in Lafayette into tractor-trailers to carry to a landfill outside of the parish, according to IESI.
City-parish staff granted a building permit for the facility on Sept. 19, maintaining that they had no legitimate reason to deny a permit for a legal business in an unincorporated area of the parish with no zoning regulations.
Residents in the area, which is at the edge of the city limits, have voiced concerns over the noise and the smell, as well as heavy truck traffic on Sunbeam Lane, a two-lane asphalt road.
Waste Facilities of Lafayette is developing the site to lease to IESI.
Representatives from Waste Facilities have said the company has already invested more than $1 million in the property, planning and site work.
TRAFFIC CAMERAS: In other business, the council voted unanimously to require the city-parish administration to secure council approval for any future extensions of the contract for Lafayette’s automated traffic camera enforcement program.
The ordinance was proposed by Councilman William Theriot, who questioned why City-Parish President Joey Durel renewed the traffic-camera contract earlier this year without consulting the council after the initial four-year contract expired.
The contract is with Redflex Traffic Systems to operate the automated enforcement cameras at several major intersections in the city, with terms that give Redflex a portion of the traffic fines in return for operating the camera system.
City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley has maintained that the administration had legal authority to renew the contract without council approval, as the administration does with many routine contracts.
But Stanley said Tuesday that the administration supported Theriot’s proposal and that the administration now plans to send most contract renewals to council for approval “to avoid any controversy.”