The village of Loreauville held its first official meeting without its mayor, town hall clerk and without its attorney on Monday.
During a special meeting last week, Loreauville’s Mayor Pro Tem Mark Landry was appointed interim mayor. Landry filled a vacancy left by Al Broussard who was killed in a head-on vehicle collision April 3. He had been the village’s mayor since 2004.
Phyllis Savoy, the village town hall clerk for 39 years who was engaged to Broussard, was also critically injured in the crash. State police said the crash was caused by a 13-year-old passenger of an oncoming vehicle who grabbed the steering wheel and veered into Savoy’s Ford Mustang on Louisiana Highway 86.
State Police Troop I spokesman Trooper Brooks David said the crash remains under investigation. The teen was cited for interfering with a driver mechanism and more charges are pending, David said.
According to an online donation page made created by her friends, Savoy remains hospitalized with a broken shoulder, hips, ribs and broken legs.
She has been corresponding with village officials in recent days, Landry said.
“They’ve moved her to her own room. She wants to come back to work already,” he said. “She has spoiled us aldermen. She has everything in order.”
It will be a while before Savoy will be in condition to return to work, so Loreauville is turning to other governing agencies, such as Iberia Parish Government for assistance, Landry said.
It is also relying on the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to provide legal assistance due to the recent resignation of Loreauville’s longtime lawyer Lewis Pitman. Pitman was forced to resign because he is running for judge, Landry said.
“So we are out an attorney, a mayor and clerk,” Landry said. “We are trying to cross our Ts and dot our Is to make sure we do everything correct. We are having our first official meeting Monday without the mayor. So we are going to make some small baby steps at first until we can appoint a new mayor and then have an election. We are trying to get on the ballot for October.”
The selected official will serve as mayor until the election in November 2016.
The village is still reeling from Broussard’s sudden death. He had served as alderman for 24 years and was well-loved by the community. Hundreds attended his funeral at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
“They are big shoes to replace,” Landry said. “He loved the village. If something needed to get done, he wasn’t scared to go get it done. He was more a public servant than a politician.”
“The village is small. Everybody knows everybody. We are going to bond together. Get a new game plan and move on.”