YOUNGSVILLE — The Youngsville City Council introduced an ordinance Thursday aimed at preventing waste transfer stations and landfills from being constructed within city limits.
The proposed law would stop the kind of problems Lafayette Consolidated Government is having with the construction of a waste transfer facility on Sunbeam Lane in Lafayette Parish, Mayor Wilson Viator said.
Currently the city has no way to stop such a facility from being built.
The proposed ordinance defines a waste transfer station as any facility that transfers solid or chemical waste from one vehicle to another. It defines a landfill as any facility that stores solid or chemical waste below the ground.
Council member Ken Ritter said he introduced the ordinance so the city can avoid the headaches and litigation that are plaguing Lafayette government.
“It’s a great idea to be proactive,” Ritter said.
The new law is set to be introduced for adoption at the next City Council meeting Dec. 8.
CIVIL SERVICE BOARD: Also during the meeting, the council voted to establish a new civil service board to govern city police officer hiring and firing.
Viator said that because the 2010 U.S. Census recorded the city’s population to have grown to be more than 8,000 people, the city is now required to have a civil service board.
The three-member board will serve for two years on a volunteer basis, Viator said. The mayor and police chief will choose one member each. Members of the police department will vote for the third, he said.
The civil service board members would be subject to state board of ethics financial disclosure requirements, Viator said.
The council pproves officer hirings, and the police chief handles firings, Viator said.
After the state approves the civil service board ordinance, the city and police chief will lose hiring and firing powers, he said.
The power to give raises would remain with the city.
OTHER ORDINANCES: The council also tabled an ordinance to require sidewalks for new subdivisions because one of the proposed versions of the ordinance was not in the council members’ packets.
The council also passed an ordinance to require business to have a 30-foot buffer of green space between them and adjacent noncommercial property; and the council passed an ordinance requiring average subdivision lot sizes to be 7,500 square feet.