Jun 12, 2012 7:26 PM by KATC

Durel offers a compromise to mayor in Broussard

A reversal tonight in the ongoing dispute between City-Parish President Joey Durel and Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais.
In a certified letter, Durel says he'll authorize a $20,000 payment to Broussard's fire department, so they can respond to calls in unincorporated areas of the parish. The money was being withheld after Durel cut off ties with the city of Broussard, citing what he called an "antagonistic relationship". Durel says although no lives were ever at risk by withholding the money, he knows it's a symbolic gesture and would be helpful to the city.

Durel also asks to renegotiate the LUS Wholesale water agreement, only after the lawsuits filed by the city of Broussard are dropped against LUS. Broussard had sued following what they called an overpayment of a water bill. Durel says Langlinais has ten days to respond to the request to renegotiate and drop the lawsuits, or Durel will assume the city of Broussard does want to sever ties. Severing ties will affect the fire funds, animal control, and water services.

We're told the mayor of Broussard received the amended contract today, and he wasn't expecting it. The Broussard council is meeting tonight and they're expected to take up the offer. We'll have more at 10:00.


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