At least one Lafayette City-Parish Councilman wants a truce in the festering feud with Vermilion Parish over the location of the parish line.
Councilman Jared Bellard submitted a proposed ordinance this week to drop city-parish government’s lawsuit seeking to void a 2002 agreement between the parishes on where the boundary should be.
The proposed ordinance, which is up for a vote Dec. 1, comes after the state 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal last week upheld an earlier ruling favoring the Vermilion Parish Police Jury in a two-year legal battle in the dispute.
He said city-parish government has already spent more than $53,000 on fees for experts and attorneys and should let the appeals court ruling stand rather than asking the state Supreme Court to review the case.
It came to a legal head in 1999, when former City-Parish Councilman Lenwood Broussard argued that opponent Linda Duhon should not have been allowed to run against him because she lived in Vermilion Parish.
Bertrand and others argue the resulting parish line was based on incomplete historical research, and the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted unanimously in 2013 to back out of the 2002 boundary agreement, prompting a lawsuit from Vermilion Parish.