LAFAYETTE — The City-Parish Council met late into the evening Tuesday to discuss a proposed law to block a garbage transfer station on Sunbeam Lane off Walker Road.
Councilman Brandon Shelvin’s proposal would prohibit all new garbage transfer stations in the parish and direct the city-parish administration to rescind the building permit for the Sunbeam Lane facility, where site work has already begun.
“I don’t think anyone sitting in this room would want a waste transfer station in front of their house,” Shelvin said.
At issue is a transfer station for IESI, which does not have the garbage contract for residential service in Lafayette but performs work in surrounding areas.
Waste transfer stations are sites where trash is offloaded from garbage trucks onto larger vehicles, which then haul the trash to a landfill.
The precise plans for the site are unclear because no representatives for the waste company attended Tuesday’s council meeting.
But several dozen residents from Sunbeam Lane showed up to voice their objections.
“There is no sense that we should have to spend the rest of our living days smelling trash,” said Sunbeam Lane resident Jay LeBlanc.
He and his neighbors expressed concerns about the smell, trash blowing off site, the noise and large trucks traveling up and down a narrow asphalt road.
City-parish government granted a permit for the waste transfer station on Sept. 19, and residents in the area have questioned why they were not notified of the company’s plans.
City-parish officials have said there are no regulations to block the waste transfer facility because it is an unincorporated area of the parish with no zoning and few restrictions on land use.
The council had not voted by 9 p.m. on whether to move Shelvin’s proposal forward for a final vote on Oct. 18, but only one member, Don Bertrand, had raised any concerns about the proposed law.
GREYHOUND SETTLEMENT: In other business, the council approved a settlement to end a long-running lawsuit brought by Greyhound over the council’s move to block a new bus station on the corner of Moss and Matthieu streets.
The council had already given preliminary approval to the deal, which calls for the city to buy the Moss Street location from Greyhound and give the company free rent at the city’s Rosa Parks Transportation Center downtown.
City-parish government has plans to use the property on Moss Street for a new police precinct.
The settlement will cost city-parish government about $540,094 — half paid in cash and half as a credit for 20 years of lease payments at the Rosa Parks center.
That covers the $355,000 that Greyhound paid for the Moss Street property and $185,094 the company spent on improvements there.
Greyhound bought the Moss Street location in 2007, planning to move from its location on Lee Avenue downtown to a new station closer to Interstate 49 and Interstate 10.
The purchase was contingent on a zoning change that the City-Parish Council approved in 2007 to allow a bus station to locate in the area.
Several residents and businesses owners opposed the new station, and in 2008, a newly elected city-parish council undid the zoning change to halt the bus company’s planned move.