Suit filed against city-parish
LAFAYETTE — Plans for a controversial garbage transfer station off Sunbeam Lane in north Lafayette came to a halt last year, but Danny Guilliot said he wanted to be absolutely sure the project is dead.
So Guilliot, whose family owns a business next door, decided to buy the 16-acre tract where the transfer station was going to be built.
“I bought it to keep the trash out,” Guilliot said.
The planned transfer station has been a political and legal thorn in the side of city-parish government for more than a year.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council in October 2011 voted unanimously to block the facility at the behest of residents and business owners in the area.
Guilliot was a key opponent.
Construction had already begun at the site when the council acted. The developer Waste Facilities of Lafayette and the garbage company Progressive Waste Solutions of LA have a pending lawsuit against city-parish government for damages.
Guilliot said that even with the council’s move to block the garbage transfer station, he wanted to gain greater control over what type of developments take shape next to his family’s business, Star Measurement Sales and Service.
The company deals in industrial measurement and metering equipment.
“I just want to be able to control who our neighbors are,” Guilliot said.
He said the property came up for sale about three months ago.
The deal was closed at a price of $260,000 for just more than 16 acres, according to sale documents filed at Clerk of Court’s Office this month.
“It’s etched in stone,” Guilliot said. “We can keep a waste transfer station out.”
Guilliot said he has no imminent plans for the property.
“I’m just going to bale hay on it and mow it,” he said.
Guilliot said most of the dirt and foundation work done at the site will remain as is for now, but he plans to fill in a retention pond on the property so that no one accidentally falls in.
Meanwhile, litigation continues over the planned garbage facility, where waste was to be off-loaded onto large trucks to haul to a landfill outside of the parish.
Waste Facilities was going to build the facility and lease it to Progressive Waste.
The lawsuit against city-parish government seeks damages for money that had been spent on the project so far, lost profits and legal fees, among other things.
The lawsuit does not request a specific amount in damages, but a demand letter that Waste Facilities sent to city-parish government before the lawsuit was filed asked for $6.9 million.
Attorneys in the case met Jan. 8 for a settlement conference but were unable to resolve the case, according to court records.
Progressive Waste Solutions is planning another garbage transfer station just off Interstate 10 in Acadia Parish, according to permit filings with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.
A representative from the company did not return a telephone message Friday for information on that project.