The Mayor of Broussard plans to add another claim against Lafayette. Broussard disagrees with a resolution passed by the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority Tuesday. The resolution gives Lafayette city-parish president Joey Durel the power to deny Broussard additional water service connections and meters.
Durel says Broussard is the one that breached the water agreement - with tapped waters lines and rigged water meters. "There is a wholesale agreement they are in violation of therefore our position is that the wholesale agreement does not exist the way it was intended to exist."
Durel says Broussard city officials are in need of a lesson on being neighborly. "They tried to take water from Youngsville in 2004 when the police had to be called. It's a pattern of behavior. It's a typical degree of politics that exist with the elected officials in Broussard."
Amy Jones is the spokesperson for Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais. Jones says Durel has it wrong. She says a court ruled December 10 that there is no evidence that Broussard caused a meter to be by-passed. "I don't know if you want to call it retribution, but in this particular situation you know that this court ruling happens and immediately Lafayette passes a resolution."
Jones say the water agreement calls for Durel to first consider all water requests - then make a determination. She says automatic rejections were not part of the contract. "At this point the one that is in breach is the city of Lafayette." Jones says Broussard plans to file the new claim within the lawsuit they already filed against Lafayette.