May 25, 2010 7:27 PM by Melissa Hawkes
The opening of the Ambassador Caffery Extension came as a relief to many drivers, but disputes of annexation of the land and road has become a headache for city officials in Broussard and Lafayette. Joey Durel, Lafayette Parish President, said, "there’s enough out there for everyone there is no need to get greedy." Lafayette and Broussard are playing tug-of-war over 219 acres that was an unincorporated area before the extension. Monday, Broussard bought of portion of the land from a property owner who asked to be annexed into the city. The city of Broussard's Lawyer, Allen Durand, said, "Broussard owns that little part and we want to own it as a lift station and we don't want it in Lafayette." But just because the city of Broussard bought a small portion of the land near the Chemin Metarie Parkway, doesn't mean it's theirs to keep. Parish President Joey Durel says Broussard purchasing that land doesn’t make a difference in the annexation for Lafayette. "We are going to continue what we are doing based on the law and how we think it should appropriately be done...we aren't going to get distracted by what the other parties might do," Durel said. Last month Lafayette annexed the property including the golf course after an emergency meeting was called. The city of Broussard argued that it was illegal and threatened to sue. Durand said, "the city of Lafayette made some procedural mistakes when they annexed the golf course on Ambassador Caffery. You have to publish notice and then you have 10 days to annex, well Lafayette never published that notice." So the parish council introduced an ordinance to take back that original vote and voted to annex the property at a meeting on June 1. The city of Broussard filed suit Tuesday and then called their own meeting to annex a piece of property…one day before the parish could.