$20 million suit against St. James dismissed

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 1, 2000

DANIEL TYLER GOODEN / L’Observateur / November 1, 2000

VACHERIE – The St. James Parish Council met in executive session to discussthe dismissing of a $20 million lawsuit against the parish.

Non-Hazardous Waste Management, Inc. claimed the parish breached itscontract in 1988 to sell the landfill in Vacherie, which has since been closed.

The proposed sale met with contention in the community. Citizens AgainstRegional Landfills, CARL, was formed by several members of the community who opposed the sale. The landfill was never sold to Non-Hazardous WasteManagement, since the parish council never authorized the contract. Thelandfill stayed under parish ownership until it was closed.

Judge Ralph Tureau, who presided over the lawsuit, found in favor of the defendant and agreed with the parish attorney that the contract of sale was never valid since the council never authorized the sale.

The plaintiffs have 60 days to file an appeal.

Also addressed by the council was the rescheduling of the Nov. 1, councilmeeting, which falls on All Saints Day. The meeting was moved back, alongwith the planning commission meeting from the same day to Nov. 8.The council also passed a resolution to set the hours for “trick-or-treating” on Halloween night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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