'Henderson exit' might actually be in Henderson soon
The “Henderson”exit becoming part of Henderson is one step closer to reality, according to Mayor Sherbin Collette. Glenn Soileau, plaintiff’s attorney in the suit to block the annexation, announced a deal had been reached some weeks ago. Collette says the deal is awaiting Soileau’s final approval and signatures.
The deal would allow the annexation to go forward without plaintiffs Sal and Frank Diesi and Diesi’s Little Capitol, as well as Fred and Sue Breaux and members of the Serrette family.
Collette said he had asked for maps to be prepared in line with the agreement.
This is not the first time Collette has attempted to annex the exit. The 16th Judicial District Court ruled against the annexation several years ago on grounds of lack of contiguous land mass and “unreasonableness” of the annexation.
Plaintiffs argued that the annexation would actually leave them with fewer services and that Henderson was pursuing the annexation solely for the purpose of increasing their revenues.
The dismissal of the lawsuit would effectively make official the annexation, as the time limit has passed for challenges.
Collette emphasizes his main purpose in annexing the area is to clean up the area and make it more inviting to locals and visitors. He said he is interested in working with business owners to come to a workable plan that would benefit both sides.
The mayor said he hopes to soon have a meeting with all of the exit business owners to share his vision and get their feedback.