Two weeks ago City-Parish President Joey Durel gave Broussard Mayor Charles Langlinais an ultimatum: drop a pair of lawsuits filed against Lafayette Consolidated Government — one seeking to block an LCG annexation in south Lafayette Parish, the other seeking to recoup $500,000 of an $825,000 LUS water bill LCG hit Broussard with following the discovery of a bypassed meter last year — and LCG and Broussard can live in harmony. In this case, harmony is the various services LCG provides to the smaller city: animal control services, rural fire protection and LUS water at a wholesale rate.

Langlinais countered last week with an offer of his own: put the LUS water bill before an arbitrator or simply refund Broussard $575,000. Impasse.

Now Durel tells KATC he’s ready to pull the trigger on ending the relationship between LCG and Broussard, but he indicates he’s willing to give Broussard a couple of years to build a water plant, although fire protection and animal control services could, in Durel’s estimation, end within a month.

Broussard is on the long end of a 40-year contract with LUS for wholesale water. Durel insists Broussard breached that contract when an LUS water meter was bypassed, precipitating the $825,000 bill that is now in dispute. Killing the contract would, no doubt, lead to another lawsuit between LCG and Broussard.

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