In a Youngsville City Council meeting Thursday that was delayed for an hour due to discussions on new subdivisions, Sugar Ridge neighborhood resident Tara Proffitt condemned the construction and inspection of her $230,000 home.
Proffitt’s home, which suffered water leaks from faulty plumbing, was less than a year old when serious problems started occurring.
The council unanimously passed a motion to stop granting permits for new construction to DR Horton, the company that built the Sugar Ridge neighborhood, until the company “makes it right with the homeowners.”
Proffitt, who attended the meeting with other neighbors experiencing problems that weren’t limited to plumbing, described the mold and plumbing backup that resulted from the faulty pipes.
While Proffitt was upset with the inspectors paid for by the Youngsville council, John Hammons with parish inspectors said the homes were up to code, whether or not those codes were sufficient.
Councilman Ken Ritter questioned whether the city should create its own standards for building inspections.
After hearing about the problems with Proffitt’s home, Hammons said parish inspections started overseeing tests on waterlines, which isn’t required by law.
But Mayor Wilson Viator suggested the residents take a legal route to hold the builders accountable.
“To say it’s faulty inspection, I think it’s faulty work,” Viator said.
The council also heard proposals for a new tax that would partially help fund a new terminal for the Lafayette airport.
The $90 million project would add five new gates with the potential for two additional gates for the roughly 470,000 passengers who traveled through the airport in the past year.
A 1-cent sales tax over eight months would provide a third of the needed $90 million.
The rest of the money would come from bonds issued by the airport, state grants and federal dollars.
The tax will be up for vote on the Dec. 6 ballot. If passed, it would go into effect April 1, 2015.
The airport was built in 1959 and remodeled once in 1989. The number of passengers is projected to grow by 40 percent by 2025, a number that the airport, in its current state, can’t handle.