Metro Council hires attorney for St. George opposition
BATON ROUGE - Metro Council members voted Tuesday night to hire Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to represent them in court as they oppose a movement to incorporate the southern portion of the parish into its own city.
Council members voted 8-3, with Buddy Amoroso, Joel Boé and Chandler Loupe opposing the move.
Pierson suggested that the first order of business be to file suit against St. George organizers who submitted a petition to get their incorporation measure on the spring ballot. Pierson said the lawsuit would challenge the petition in order to ensure it was legally filed.
St. George organizers have had a contentious relationship with city-parish leaders after several votes by the Metro Council to annex portions of the parish which lay within the proposed borders of the new city. Organizers said the Metro Council and mayor's office were trying to stymie their efforts by removing revenue-generating properties from the area to be incorporated.