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Lafayette Council move forward on improvements to blight property

by Doug Hanson

A special Lafayette City Council meeting was held on Monday, August 15 to work on the 2023 city budget. But first the Council handled a couple of issues that were unfinished at the August regular meeting. A formal resolution was passed concerning the property on 400 Wanser Avenue giving the property owner 15 days to remove a deck. A resolution was also passed to certify the property division of the former Lafayette Charter School, owned by Heimat Properties. Finally the Council approved the first reading of an interim ordinance amending the Zoning Code. The Council had decided that the Zoning Code, adopted in 1990, should be updated to include specific criteria for examining and deciding on applications to rezone property. During the discussion on the city budget, the Council reviewed each category separately. Those funds were the general, fire, ambulance, public works, culture, enterprise (water, sewer & garbage), revolving loan, ARPA and RS Fiber. The Council will now have a little over three months to review the figures and decide if any areas could be reduced. The preliminary budget can be reduced, but not increased at the December Truth in Taxation meeting. Another special meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 to discuss personnel policies.

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