BROUSSARD - The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to introduce an ordinance to annex the Hernandez Heights subdivision.
The neighborhood is near La Neuville and Bonin roads and includes 37 homes.
City Attorney Donald Landry said Broussard could advertise the proposed annexation for 30 days, but further problems could arise because neighboring Lafayette is interested in annexing the subdivision along with neighboring Walker’s Lake subdivision.
After Landry said the move could be moot if Lafayette already began the annexation process with the parish Assessor and Registrar’s offices, City Councilman Johnnie Foco said residents of Hernandez Heights should not forced to be included with those in Walker’s Lake who want to enter Lafayette.
Mayor Charles Langlinais said there was another way to prevent Lafayette from annexing the unwilling residents.
“You could file suit to interrupt the annex,” he said. “I am not sure the city of Broussard can go forward without an interruption from a third party.”
Hernandez Heights resident Carol Gauthier said he and other residents would sue if the move was necessary, adding Lafayette Consolidated Government “taxed, taxed, taxed,” but nothing was done to maintain Raphael Drive in the subdivision.
Gauthier said Broussard had the upper hand because the Lafayette City-Parish Council tabled the annexation item at a recent meeting until Aug. 15.
Landry said all the residents and the city could do was “move forward” with the process despite possible problems.
“I feel we will run into road blocks in the Assessor’s Office,” he said.
The City Council then voted unanimously on the measure followed by a resounding applause from residents in the council chamber.
After the vote, resident Errol Robichaux said of the three services provided to Hernandez Heights by the parish, residents were very happy with the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, but other services were lacking and they felt Broussard would better serve the area.
“Every year, all of us together pay about $25,000 in taxes, but for the past 15 years, we have not been able to have our road overlaid,” he said. “We feel if we are part of Broussard, the road will get done before the next 15 years.”