Two Lafayette residents, Matthew Eastin and Elizabeth Naquin, are seeking to block LUS’ funding of a proposed phone, cable and high-speed Internet business.As has been the case in each of the myriad lawsuits and appeals in these cases against the city the plaintiffs have waited till absolutely the last moment to file an appeal. (The current crop have four cases running at once.) The idea is to delay a decision for as long as possible. Considering that the city has won the large majority of the decisions in this rearguard battle being engaged by the incumbents (losing only twice and deciding to plow ahead rather than appeal both times) this tactic makes sense. They're not going to win on the merits. But this delaying tactic is not something that can go on forever. Naquin and Eastin's bit of obstructionism barely squeaked in under the legal deadline in its attempt to entangle the bond issue with a vague charge that LUS overcharged on electricity prices at some point in the past. No further attempts to delay the project by frustrating the sale of bonds legally will be possible.
This thing is coming to an end. And we will have the system the people voted for a year ago.
LUS has two weeks to respond to Naquin and Eastin’s appeal. The 3rd Circuit has to hear the appeal no more than a week after LUS responds, then decide within a week.If all the deadlines are met on the last day, a decision would be reached by Aug. 14.
The sad thing is that Naquin and Eastin's decision to let themselves be used by the incumbents for their purposes has cost the community millions of dollars in interest rates. That cost will be borne over many years -- in small increments but in real ones. You know, there are currently little "fees" on your phone and cable bill designed to remind you that part of the cost of doing business for Cox and BellSouth is to pay taxes. Do you suppose that we could each month label a part of the bill the "BS/Cox/Naquin/Eastin fee" for the money these delays have cost us all? It's not something we should forget.