Deadline Passes, Broussard Lawsuits Remain - KLFY News 10

Deadline Passes, Broussard Lawsuits Remain

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No change in plans for the City of Broussard.

Mayor Charles Langlinais is moving forward with the lawsuits he filed against Lafayette Consolidated Government.

LCG President Joey Durel held back no words when we spoke with him Monday.  He says drop the lawsuit or forget about a relationship with the City of Lafayette.

And the same goes for Broussard - where the mayor seems not to be backing down.

Tuesday, Langlinais sent out a response to the deadline demands.

Langlinais refused to dismiss the claims of the lawsuits.

Instead, he did lay down some terms of his own.

For Durel, this week has been a wait and see on what the Mayor of Broussard plans to do.

"The city of Lafayette provides services to other cities not that we have to do it, but we choose to do it. We want to be good neighbors and help our community grow," explained Durel on Monday.

If it comes to cutting ties, Durel says the process won't be an immediate disconnect.

For example, it could be a year before water from LUS is suspended and Broussard could transfer to another provider.

Amy Jones is the public relations spokesperson for Broussard. "Nothing is given.  These are services that are paid for.  It's not that Lafayette is giving anything to Broussard.  These are services that are paid for."

 

Broussard filed two lawsuits - one alleges the city overpaid LUS water more than $500,000.

Then an annexation dispute about a golf course on Highway 89 and Ambassador.

"I want to stress this is a relationship between two cities.  Parish services have never been in jeopardy," said Durel

 

Jones says the mayor is willing to enter into mediation or binding arbitration - but the lawsuit still stands.

"We want to be able to sit and work through these issues.  Come to a solution on this and then move forward."

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