IPC to address Romo lawsuit settlement offer

The Iberia Parish Council is scheduled to address the latest settlement offer in former Iberia Parish President Errol “Romo” Romero’s lawsuit over salary increases he claims he was owed but never given while in office.

The item is labeled as special business and may require the council to go into executive session to discuss the offer.

Romero filed his lawsuit in January 2017 asking for $100,000 in back pay along with another $50,000 in legal and other fees.

The back pay, according to the lawsuit, is money owed to Romero because he did not receive annual raises commensurate with those given to the Iberia Parish Sheriff, Iberia Parish Assessor and Iberia Parish Clerk of Court during his tenure as required by the parish home rule charter.

The council rejected a previous settlement, instead eliminating the legal and other fees and offering just over $6,000 for the back pay.

The council also will discuss entering into a cooperative endeavor agreement with the Iberia Parish School District and the LeBourgeois family for maintenance of LeBourgeois Road. Currently, the road needs repairs but the council has previously said it cannot fund the work, at least not before the upcoming 2019-2020 school year.

LeBourgeois Road is a major access artery for the newly constructed Belle Place Elementary School. Local sugar cane farmer Lynn Minvielle also uses the road to access part of his crop, which grows on land behind the new school. One of the concerns raised in discussions between the council, board and other parties is the wear and tear of trucks during the harvest season on the roadway.

The council may go into executive session a second time to discuss a change order for the Paul Segura/Estis Road Sewer Project, which will reduce the contract price by $12,000. That work is still awaiting completion due to errors made when pouring the access road for the Paul Segura Industrial Park.

The Iberia Parish Council will meet at 6 p.m. in the council meeting room on the fourth floor of the Iberia Parish Courthouse, 300 Iberia St.

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