Lafayette

Aug 2, 2011 11:34 PM by Maddie Garrett

Residents Push LCG to Not be Annexed, and Win

A group of Lafayette Parish residents pushed LCG, and Tuesday night they came out winners. At first, Lafayette Consolidated Government wanted to annex two subdivisions, Hernandez Heights and Walker's Lake, into Lafayette city limits. While most of Walker's Lake wanted to be annexed, most of Hernandez Heights didn't. And thanks to a grass roots movement, City-Parish Council members decided they would drop Hernandez Heights.

"We were surprised, when we came into the meeting we thought that it was still up, that we had to make our case," said Hernandez Heights resident Errol Robichaux.

But as it turned out, this group of Hernandez Heights residents had already made their case by signing petitions and meeting with LCG. In this case, the Council listened.

"I think the Council tonight understood that this particular neighborhood did not wish to be inside the city limits of Lafayette and so the process worked," said William Theriot, City-Parish Council Member for District 9.

In a unanimous decision, the City-Parish Council voted Tuesday night to amend its annexation ordinance, removing Hernandez Heights. It was something these residents had fought long and hard for.

"It takes my breath away because it had been such a long struggle," said Carol Guathier, a long time Hernandez Heights resident.

Roughly 75% of Hernandez Heights homeowners said they opposed annexation into Lafayette.

"we're happy, we achieved what we came here for," said Robichaux.

As for the handful of homeowners who wanted annexation, they might get their wish soon.

"The other 25% should be happy because eventually we will get annexed," answered Robichaux.

And what Robichaus was talking about is Hernandez Heights getting annexed into the City of Broussard. Residents explained they feel more like a part of Broussard, and Mayor Charles Langlinais told KATC the city is in the process of annexing Hernandez Hights into their town.

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