Is Acadia parish government allowing a company to illegally dump garbage in their landfill? That's what some police jury members think, and they are taking action to stop it.
Jay Credeur and two other police jurors are suing the parish's Secretary-Treasurer, accusing him of malfeasance in office for letting this happen, but the decision lies with a state judge. The sign in front of the Acadia parish landfill clearly states, outside parish waste is not accepted. That's at the crux of the issue for Credeur.
"The people of the parish voted not to take in out of parish waste," says Credeur.
He says earlier this year, the police jury became aware of a local company that's permitted to use the landfill, was doing construction work outside of Acadia but wasn't disposing their trash and waste where they were doing the work.
"They're generating garbage on that construction site and then taking it from there and bringing it to Acadia parish," explains Credeur.
So what's the harm in one company doing this? Credeur feels it sets a precedent and opens the door for other companies to do the same. The exact reason why the permits were created.
"It was to regulate that and theres a lot of other things. Jeff Davis, St. Landry avoiding some of that garbage from coming in," says Credeur.
So the question is, why was the permit issued if the company was going to do this, and why is this continuing to happen? Credeur says the permit never crossed the police jury with the approval made by the secretary treasurer Dickie Latiolais.
"If you're brining in out of parish waste, to me, I think it should have came to the jury for clarification before it was given to these people to dump," says Credeur.
Credeur along with jurors Al Stevenson, and Dale Trahan are suing Latiolas to get an official ruling from a state court judge.
Latiolais said in a statement, "I would like the citizens of Acadia parish to know that i sincerely believe that the jurors who have filed a complaint against me are attempting to redesign a small ant hill into a mountain of their own political purpose."
The suit will be handled by state district court judge Ed Rubin.