Gonzales councilmen call special meeting to ask for money to hire attorney to defend lawsuit

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - Three Gonzales councilmen have called a special council meeting to ask the mayor for money to hire an attorney to defend them in a lawsuit filed by a district judge.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday at 11 a.m. It was called by Gary Lacombe, Timothy Vessel and Terrance Irvin.

The three council members want to hire a lawyer to defend them in a lawsuit filed by District Judge Alvin Turner. He is suing the councilmen to get them to overturn a decision they made to not rezone a piece of property next to his that would allow him to develop something new.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he is not sure why the councilmen are calling a special meeting because he already told them the city will pay $185 an hour to their attorney because that is the rate the city pays its attorney.

There is word the three hired a New Orleans attorney.

The Louisiana Supreme Court appointed a judge to hear the case on in a Gonzales courtroom on Monday at 1 p.m.

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