METAIRIE, La. - On Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish City Council took up two very controversial issues.
The first was a traffic camera case that could refund millions to anyone who got caught running a red light in Jefferson Parish.
Earlier in March, the council decided to refund what was left of the money that was collected. The money was put in the bank when tickets stopped being issued in 2010.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand addressed the the council before the meeting and said he will support efforts to rebate fines for red light camera violations.
Normand said his department was to get a 12 percent cut of the money, and he is troubled that fines for 100,000 violations were never collected.
Two lawsuits must be settled with Redflex, the red light camera operator, before the money can be returned. The company is being investigated for various crimes in Chicago and elsewhere.
The second was whether to allow food trucks in Fat City on a more permanent basis.
The food truck proposal was on the table in February before it was pulled by opposition from restaurants and other groups.
The issue was back on the agenda, and this time, restaurants were involved. Drago's Foundation put forth the idea of a food truck festival that would take place on the corner of 18th and Edenborn on tax day, April 15.
Councilmember Cynthia Lee-Sheng came up with the idea of revitalizing Fat City with the help of food trucks.
Her plan would be to have a food truck gathering once a month on a Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., which is a time when many restaurants are closed so their operations would not be affected.
The council meeting began at 10 a.m. on the West Bank.