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With St. George organizers getting the green light from the Louisiana Supreme Court to create a new city, the 19th Judicial District Court may now decide if businesses and residents were able to annex into 香港六和开奖历史记录 while the incorporation was tied up in courts.

A lawsuit filed in 2020 by St. George leaders Norman Browning and Chris Rials accused the East 香港六和开奖历史记录 Parish Metro Council of unlawfully annexing several businesses, homes and public roads into 香港六和开奖历史记录鈥檚 city limits after residents voted in 2019 to incorporate. They asked the court to nullify the annexations.

The lawsuit went dark in 2022, pending the result of another lawsuit by 香港六和开奖历史记录 leaders seeking to block the St. George incorporation on grounds that it would adversely impact the city-parish. That case was decided last month when the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in St. George鈥檚 favor, overturning lower court rulings blocking the incorporation.

The 香港六和开奖历史记录 Metro Council approved nine annexation petitions between the November 2019 election and 2021, including Woman鈥檚 Hospital, United Plaza off of Essen Lane, the Louisiana State Employees鈥 Retirement System, a collection of homes in the Willow Ridge subdivision and several stretches of public roads.

The total value across all properties included in the complaint is over $32 million, Browning and Rials claim.

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St. George leaders say the annexations took place after the city voted to incorporate and should have gone through a de-annexation process with the new city before trying to join 香港六和开奖历史记录. They also accuse some of the annexations of not being contiguous with the 香港六和开奖历史记录 city limits and of failing to comply with state law during the petition process.

鈥淚t has no basis in law, there鈥檚 nothing really to support it,鈥 said Andrew Murrell, spokesman for St. George.

But proponents of the annexations have claimed that the city of St. George did not exist while the lawsuit was going through the legal system, and therefore, properties could not be de-annexed. The proposed area of St. George continued to operate as unincorporated land under city-parish domain during the nearly five years it was tied up in courts.

Neither the Parish Attorney鈥檚 office nor Michael Hebert, a Lafayette-based attorney also representing the city-parish, responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit.

A spokesperson for Woman鈥檚 Hospital declined to comment on the lawsuit but said the hospital鈥檚 property has operated as part of 香港六和开奖历史记录 since its annexation in 2021.

Several other businesses within St. George鈥檚 original proposed boundaries had been annexed into 香港六和开奖历史记录, like the Mall of Louisiana, 香港六和开奖历史记录 General Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. However, those businesses are not subject to the lawsuit because they were annexed prior to the 2019 election.

The lawsuit was active for two years in tandem with a lawsuit by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Mayor Pro Tem Lamont Cole seeking to block the incorporation, until Judge Richard 鈥淐hip鈥 Moore approved a motion in 2022 to pause the lawsuit until the courts decided whether St. George could incorporate at all.

That decision came last month when the state Supreme Court ruled that St. George could properly operate as a city with a balanced budget, allowing this lawsuit by St. George leaders to reopen.

The case may be further delayed by Cole's request for a new hearing from the Supreme Court, which said that the court failed to provide the official boundaries or date of incorporation as required by state law. Broome was dropped from the lawsuit by a lower court ruling.

鈥淩ight now, we鈥檙e in a holding pattern, waiting to see if the Supreme Court will decide to accept the rehearing or not,鈥 said Councilwoman Laurie Adams, whose district includes St. George. 鈥淲e鈥檙e kind of in limbo until that happens, and I think we鈥檙e going to be like that for a few processes.鈥

Should St. George鈥檚 incorporation be finalized, any business or subdivision now wishing to be carved out the city鈥檚 boundaries will have to follow the : first, they must get a petition signed by majority of the registered voters and/or designated property owners in an area, then they must bring that petition before the governing body of the municipality to be approved.

From there, residents of that area could either remain unincorporated or, if their property touches 香港六和开奖历史记录, they could repeat the petition process again and ask the Metro Council to annex them into the capital city.

The process would work the same for 香港六和开奖历史记录 residents and business owners looking to join St. George, except they鈥檇 need to seek de-annexation from the 香港六和开奖历史记录 Metro Council and annexation from St. George鈥檚 council. Unincorporated areas don鈥檛 need to de-annex.

Gov. Jeff Landry has yet to appoint St. George鈥檚 new mayor or five council members, so there鈥檚 no governing body to request de-annexation from. Murrell said he鈥檚 been getting 鈥渄aily calls鈥 from residents looking to annex into St. George since the decision was released.

St. George organizers said at a press conference last month they would accept any petitions seeking to enter St. George.

Adams said she hasn鈥檛 received any calls about annexations. Councilman Dwight Hudson said two property owners on unincorporated land asked him about annexing into St. George, but no one has asked about de-annexing from either city.

Councilman Rowdy Gaudet said he received an 鈥渋nformal鈥 inquiry about annexations from a homeowners association, but that the parish attorney's office advised him to pause discussions about any annexations until the lawsuits are finished.

鈥淚 have more questions than answers because there鈥檚 still a legal process that鈥檚 playing out,鈥 Gaudet said.

Councilwoman Denise Amoroso did not follow up on a request for comment Monday afternoon. Councilwoman Jen Racca declined to comment on pending litigation or on annexations without an official date of incorporation.

All five council members represent portions of St. George.

Email Lara Nicholson at lnicholson@theadvocate.com.

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