Walter Pierce

Security could tighten at City Hall

by Walter Pierce

Visitors to Lafayette Consolidated Government offices on St. Landry Street will likely soon pass through a metal detector under the watchful eye of a deputy from the Lafayette City Marshal’s Office. The council tonight will vote on an ordinance up for final adoption that, if passed, would trigger an agreement between LCG and the marshal’s office to provide security at City Hall during regular business hours.

According to terms of the agreement, LCG will pay the marshal’s office $42,000 annually to cover salary and benefits for the deputy and will also provide the deputy with a car to be used for getting to and from the marshal’s office, but not for personal use. LCG will also provide the security officer with hand-held metal detectors. The ordinance also requires the marshal’s office to provide extra security during meetings of the Lafayette Consolidated Council.