Judge stops Satsuma incorporation election for now

Judge stops Satsuma incorporation election for now

SATSUMA, LA (WAFB) - A small community trying to incorporate ran into a major roadblock Monday night when a judge block an election to incorporate the town until further notice.

Attorney Drake Lewis, an attorney for a businessman and several others against incorporation, said District Judge Brenda Ricks ruled the election on Satsuma incorporation is on hold until there is a resolution to disputes over proposed boundaries for the new town.

Lewis added there are thousands of acres of property no one lives on that would fall inside those boundaries and the people who own some of that land, but don't live in Satsuma, would not be able to vote against incorporating.

Those against "Save Satsuma" also claimed the group coerced people to sign the petition to justify an election and broke Louisiana laws. The election had been set for March 28.

According to Lewis, one of the main issues that caused concern for Ricks was a move by several landowners who petitioned to have the town of Livingston annex a section of property, so it could not be included in Satsuma if it incorporates.

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