Washington Parish Reservoir District Lawsuit filed
Residents Allege wrong doing
In Washington Parish on Mar 3, 2005 the Miley Law Firm of Baton Rouge who represents two residents of the Oak Grove Community have filed a Lawsuit against the Washington Parish Reservoir District. The District is a political subdivision that can sue or be sued, and a public body as defined by La R.S. 42:4.2. Petitioners allege that the Commission is in violation of the open meeting law also know as the sunshine law.
At the Economic Development Foundation on Jan 5, 2005 a public meeting was held
with Denmon Engineering, and the Districtís consultant present. Michael L. Thompson
former Mayor of Delhi is consultant for Washington and Allen Parish Reservoir Districts.
The Lake Commission announced, ďResidents attending may not speak as deadline for comments was extended, but we havenít received any, and only Scientific Expert facts will be consideredĒ. Residents sent registered letters that was refused up to 9 times.
Petitioners allege that no opportunity was allowed for public comment and, in fact,
Public comment and discussion was specifically denied in violation of La R.S. 42:5(D).
Petitioners desire and request that the Honorable Court declare all actions and votes taken by the District be void that a Declaratory Judgment be rendered declaring the District subject to the provisions of La R.S. 42:1-13 and prohibit further violations and petitioners be awarded reasonable attorney fees and all costs of the proceedings.
Petitioners request a copy of written public notices, minutes of the meeting, and any audio or video recording of the meeting. Petitioners also request that Huey Long Pierce, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the District admit or deny that he informed persons attending the meeting that the Commission was not holding a public hearing since that was the responsibility of the Corps of Engineers.
The residents say, the Commission actions are you can come and listen while we take your homes and Desecrate your cemeteries, but you canít say anything.