City-Parish President Joey Durel disheartened by annexation lawsuit with Broussard

Says although difficult, this has been a learning experience

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:36am

The fight is not over yet between the city of Broussard's Mayor Charles Langlinais and City-Parish President Joey Durel.  Although Mayor Langilinais withdrew the golf course annexation last week, there is still a remaining annexation dispute between the two to oppose the annexation of one piece of land off of the Ambassador Caffrey Extension.  City-Parish President Joey Durel says although difficult, this has been a learning experience.

"Lafayette has never, as a government, taken an aggressive action towards any of our neighbors.  We just unfortunately have found ourselves in a position of having to defend ourselves against our neighbors that we have never done anything but help.  That's disheartening, and it's difficult.  I certainly would prefer not to be having this battle as it is right now and I know the perceptions that people have about it, but I can't make decisions based on perceptions I have to make decisions based on reality," says Mayor Durel.

Mayor Durel says because of this process he now plans to get together with all mayors of the parish and create a map of annexation for every city.  This will help relieve tensions between cities, ensuring neighbors will not have to go through this unnecessary and expensive legal process.

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