Posted: Jun 18, 2014 10:39 PM by Trey Schmaltz
BATON ROUGE- The mayor's office announced Wednesday, it was moving forward with organizational plans in expanding the city limits to include the Mall of Louisiana; effectively growing the boundaries of the city and not waiting for a hearing related to a lawsuit over a recent annexation decision.
"Unless a court orders otherwise, the annexation is in effect thirty days after council action," councilman John Delgado said. "That's the law."
But, on the 29th day, a lawsuit was filed over a recent metro council vote that expanded the city limits to include parts of the Mall of Louisiana. It was argued that the patch-worked annexation was illegal and the lawsuit put moving forward with annexation on hold until a judge heard the case.
The city believes otherwise and instructed workers to proceed with the mall as part of Baton Rouge. Because of that, Baton Rouge Police established a presence at the mall.
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