Lafayette-Vermilion parish line legal battle over

Photo courtesy: The Daily Advertiser

The Louisiana Supreme Court has refused to consider an appeal by Lafayette Consolidated Government, ending its legal battle over a boundary line with Vermilion Parish.

The boundary dispute dates back to 1844 when Vermilion Parish was carved out of Lafayette Parish. The boundary line was established using trees as landmarks. The trees have long been gone.

Lafayette and Vermilion parish governments agreed in 2002 to let the State Land Office re-establish the boundary. But in 2013, at the urging of former Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Don Bertrand, who claims all the evidence available was not considered by the State Land Office, the council decided to challenge the new boundary.

A district court and a state appeals court both ruled against Lafayette.

The council voted in December to appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court at a cost of $8,000 to $10,000 on top of the $53,000 already spent on the legal challenge.

This week, the supreme court refused to consider the case.

“It’s over,” former City-Parish Attorney Michael Hebert told The Daily Advertiser Tuesday.

 

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