Guy Cormier wants a seat on the Lafayette Municipal Planning Organization

ST. MARTINVILLE – Parish President Guy Cormier asked the Parish Council Tuesday for a resolution requesting “a place at the table” on the Lafayette panel whose task it is to divvy up some $9.6 million in federal stimulus money.

Currently the Lafayette City-Parish Council is also the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization, even though a significant portion of St. Martin Parish is included in the population count which determines how much stimulus money the Lafayette MPO will get.

“They are using our heads but we don’t have representation on their board,” Cormier said.

The Lafayette MPO is looking at a wish list of nearly $22 million worth of infrastructure projects, all of them in Lafayette Parish.

Major needs in St. Martin Parish that ought to be high on the list include lighting at the Interstate 10 exit in Breaux Bridge and four-laning of La. 94, or Mills Highway, between Breaux Bridge and Lafayette.

One project that is on the list that Cormier said he would support, along with Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais, is a $5.5 million proposal to widen U.S. 90 to six lanes from Morgan Avenue to Albertson Parkway, a stretch of a little over a mile.

“It’s in Lafayette Parish but a lot of our people travel over it to go to their jobs there,” Cormier said.

He said it might seem odd to be backing up Broussard, with which the parish has squabbled over the city’s aggressive annexation policies in the past, “but tbese are new times and we’re moving on.”

Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting was for information gathering. The council is expected to act on Cormier’s request at its regular meeting on April 7.

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