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Lafayette councils to meet in special session to discuss drainage suits

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Posted at 4:52 PM, Feb 14, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-14 17:52:58-05

The Lafayette City and Parish councils will meet in special session Wednesday to discuss lawsuits filed against LCG over Guillory administration drainage projects.

The meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday February 15 at the auditorium in City-Parish Hall.

The discussion is noticed as an executive session to discuss several lawsuits filed in connection with the so-called Homewood drainage project, in which a number of ponds were dug on property owned by the Bendel family.

Under Louisiana's open meetings laws, government bodies like the councils can hold an executive session, in other words a closed-door session that the public cannot attend, to discuss pending litigation. That's to ensure a government isn't put at a disadvantage in a legal proceeding by having to discuss legal strategy in open session.

Any votes taken, however, must be taken in open session.

Recently, the Bendel Partnership filed a motion for damages and fees in the lawsuit. To read about that, check out The Current's continuing coverage here.