Jurors sue secretary, Police Jury
Three members of the Acadia Parish Police Jury have filed a lawsuit in 15th Judicial District Court seeking to nullify a parish business’ landfill permit and accusing the jury’s secretary-treasurer and another member of the jury of malfeasance in office.
The lawsuit filed Friday by Alphonse “A.J.” Credeur, Alton “Al” Stevenson and Lenis “Dale” Trahan seeks injunctive relief and a declaratory judgment that Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill permit number 00930 — issued to Affordable Pools, LLC — be “rendered null, void and without legal effect.
It also seeks a permanent injunction against the same thing happening again.
The three claim that permit 00930 allows the company to use the parish landfill to dispose of waste generated outside of the parish boundaries in direct conflict with the electorate-approved special tax proposal which funds the operation of the landfill.
Richard “Dickie” Latiolais, secretary-treasurer, is accused of ordering landfill employees to issue the permit after it was initially refused.
While she is not specifically named as a defendant, the lawsuit claims that juror Julie Borill, a member of the jury and chair of the jury’s Solid Waste Committee at the time, also ordered the permit approved.
Affordable Pools, LLC, performs commercial construction — specifically the installation of swimming pools — both within and outside Acadia Parish.
According to the lawsuit, “At the Police Jury meeting held Feb. 5, 2013, the authorized representative of Affordable Pools, LLC, publicly admitted that permit number 00930 is used to dispose of construction debris generated outside of Acadia Parish.”
Also at that Feb. 5 meeting, Credeur went on record notifying the full jury of the issue. “As of the date of this filing, the Police Jury has not acted to prohibit the unlawful disposal of waste generated outside of Acadia Parish in the Landfill,” the lawsuit alleges.
The document continues: “Use of an Acadia Parish Sanitary Landfill permit to dispose of waste generated outside of the boundaries of Acadia Parish is unlawful. Issuance of a permit with the intent to allow disposal of waste generated outside of Acadia parish constitutes an act of malfeasance in office, misuse of public property, and a taking of public property by a public official.”
Latiolais said he was served with the lawsuit Monday morning. He had no further comment.
Credeur, Stevenson and Trahan are represented by Lafayette attorney Holden Hoggatt.
The lawsuit has been assigned to District Judge Edward Rubin.