Just days away from heading back to court - the Mayor of Broussard made a huge decision last week. Mayor Charles Langlinais dropped the annexation lawsuit over the Vieux Chenes Golf Course. Lafayette Consolidated President Joey Durel shared his thoughts about Broussard's decision.
Durel says he wants nothing more than to have a working relationship with the Broussard. The same neighborly relationship Lafayette has with other parish mayor's. "I know as parish president we do a whole lot better working together than not working together."
Durel says when he came into office he noticed that annexation was a sore spot. In 2006, Durel drafted an annexation map in hopes of getting the other mayors to work on creating annexation agreements. Durel says the Mayors of Carencro, Scott and Youngsville have shown interest. "So, at some point we agree that various councils won't cross various lines and that will remove that annexation tension in the room; and maybe give the mayors a better opportunity in the future to work together."
Durel says that's what he wants with Broussard; but working together won't happen as long as the Plantation Oaks Annexation lawsuit remains. "It's like the Broussard and Lafayette issue we took no aggressive action. We did nothing against the government of Broussard. We just find ourselves in the position of having to defend ourselves and it's unfortunate."
Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais says that Broussard representatives are willing to sit with a mediator and Lafayette representatives to resolve the remaining annexation dispute - as well as any other differences the two cities may have. "