LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) A public meeting has been suspended in Lafayette because the public has not been informed of the meeting in progress.
Paul Mouton, president of the municipal council of the public service of firefighters and police, apologized for the abrupt cancellation.
Mouton says the law is clear about open meetings displayed in public view and that includes on the agency’s website.
An audience meeting brought the “lack of disclosure” to the attention of the board.
Some people who had an issue on the agenda say they understand the cancellation, but now have to wait another 30 days to hear a result.
Mouton says the council will speak with all parties involved to set a possible date to meet again.
The next monthly council meeting will be in September.
“It has to be properly displayed and people have to be properly informed,” Mouton insisted.
Lafayette NAACP President Marja Broussard arrived shocked to see the meeting already over.
“Someone called me this morning and told Ms. Marja that they were having a meeting this morning. I said it wasn’t on the site. I called and the clerk and he emailed me the agenda, ”Broussard explained.
Broussard says to hear that Knowledge Council meetings are not set for a particular day of the month, making it impossible for the community to contribute.
The civil service office reports that meetings normally take place every 2nd Wednesday of the month.
“They have to do a bit of homework to educate the public when these meetings are taking place, just like the city does. People want to participate but people cannot participate if they don’t know, ”said Broussard.
Michael Lunsford of Citizens for a New Louisiana attended the meeting.
Lunsford has an agenda item regarding a citizen complaint against an officer.
“I’m a little disappointed that I have to wait another 30 days, but the Civil Service Board has done the right thing,” Lunsford said.
The board plans to hold two meetings next month.
One meeting will be for September and the other will be for the canceled meeting.
Agendas should be prioritized to deal with layoffs and suspensions as these are urgent issues.