A week from now the City of Broussard will have to fend for itself regarding animal control. services are scheduled for cut-off October 31. In a letter Thursday, the mayor of Broussard requested a contract extension from the Lafayette Consolidated Government.
City-parish president Joey Durel says he doesn't want to work with a city that's suing him. One lawsuit claims Broussard was over charged on a water bill. The other lawsuit is over the annexation of a golf course.
The letter sent to Joey Durel echos Broussard's intent to not end any contracts with Lafayette. Broussard spokesperson Amy Jones says the termination of animal control services in Broussard puts the public at risk. "Because the city of Broussard is doing what is fiscally responsible for its citizens, then turnaround and punish them by saying we're going to withhold other contracts, says Jones.
The mayor of Broussard wants the Lafayette city-parish council to take a vote. Extend the contract out of public necessity.
"The city of Broussard will take care of its citizens in terms of animal control if that contract is not extended," says Jones. Durel says the animal shelter is owned by the City of Lafayette. A cancelled contract means Broussard can no longer use the shelter nor it services to capture stray animals.
Durel says it wasn't his decision to jeopardize a partnership. The mayor of Broussard decided that. "Suing Lafayette to prevent the annexation of our city paid for golf course is more important to them than continuing the services that Lafayette city government provides to the government of Broussard," says Durel. "I go back to the fact that animal control has absolutely nothing to do with anything involving the lawsuits," explains Jones.