About the City-Parish Council

The legislative power of the Lafayette City-Parish Government is vested in a council consisting of nine (9) members elected from single-member districts for four (4) year terms, one from and by the qualified electors in each district as defined by the Home Rule Charter of the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government.

A City-Parish Council member must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and a qualified elector of the district from which he/she is elected at the time of qualification. A City-Parish Council member must also have been legally domiciled and have actually resided for at least one (1) year in the parish and six (6) months immediately preceding the time established by law for qualifying for office in an area which, at the time of qualification, is within the district from which elected. A City-Parish Council member is also required to continue to be legally domiciled and to actually reside within the district from which elected during the term of office. A Council member who has served more than two and a half terms in three (3) consecutive terms shall not be eligible to qualify as a candidate for Council member for the succeeding term.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council meets regularly every first, third and fourth Tuesday of the month. It meets in the Ted A. Ardoin City-Parish Council Auditorium, located at 705 W. University Avenue . Special meetings may be held on the call of the presiding officer of the Council or a majority of the authorized membership of the Council with such notice as may be required by state law. To meet a public emergency affecting life, health, property or public safety, the Council may meet upon call of the President, the presiding officer of the Council or a majority of the authorized membership of the Council at whatever notice it shall be convenient to give. The call convening a special or emergency meeting of the Council shall state the objects of the meeting. The power of the Council to act at a special or emergency meeting is limited to the objects specifically enumerated in the call.

All meetings of the Council and its committees are open to the public in accordance with the provisions of general state law. The Council determines by resolution its own rules and order of business and provides for keeping a record of its minutes and proceedings. All official actions of the Council are published in the Daily Advertiser, the official journal within thirty (30) days of the action taken.

At all regular meetings of the Council, the Council operates from an agenda which is published at least two (2) days, excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, prior to the meeting in the legal section of the official journal. The agenda for special or emergency meetings is made available to the public as soon as practical prior to the meeting. Agendas are posted on the bulletin board at the main entrance doors of the building known as City-Parish Hall, located at 705 West University Avenue.

Those wishing to address the Council are asked to complete a form located at the entrance to the meeting room prior to the start of the meeting. Speakers are allotted five minutes to speak.

All voting of the Council is by roll call, with the ayes and nays recorded in the minutes of the Council by the individual vote of each Council member. Not less than a majority of the authorized membership of the Council shall constitute a quorum to transact business, but if a quorum is lost during a meeting, a smaller number may recess from time to time and compel the attendance of absent members in the manner and subject to the penalties prescribed by Council rules.

The Council appoints the Clerk of the Council, who serves at the pleasure of the Council. The Clerk is responsible for filing notice of Council meetings to its members and the public, keeping the journal of its proceedings, acting as the official secretary of the Council and for performing such other duties as are assigned to the position by the Home Rule Charter or by the Council. The Council is also authorized to hire such other employees as may be necessary to assist the Council in carrying out its duties and responsibilities. These employees serve at the pleasure of the Council, with their salaries determined by the Council.