Sister says town alderman ‘targeted’ in election probe

Margaret Coleman, sister of Baldwin Alderman Tony Gibson, addressed Mayor Wayne Breaux and the board of alderman during their monthly meeting Thursday.

Coleman told the board she wanted to know why her brother is “being targeted” and “who does not want him on the board.”

Gibson lost his appeal to retain his seat by a ruling from the Louisiana Supreme Court earlier this month. The court ruled he is not eligible to remain in office because he was not qualified to run for the seat due to a felony conviction in 1997. He was elected in 2010.

Coleman went on to say there was hearsay that someone who lost the election went to Alderman Michael Lancelin with the information of Gibson’s conviction and Lancelin took the information to the district attorney.

Lancelin responded that he and Gibson are friends and he had no motive for seeing Gibson removed from the board. Breaux and legal counsel Vincent Borne both assured Coleman that the Town of Baldwin is not involved in anything to do with Gibson’s legal matters.

In other business, Breaux:

–Announced that on the first Thursday of every month a representative from Congressman Charles Boustany’s office will be at the town hall between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to address any concerns from citizens.

–Informed board members that he is continuing to meet with property owners on the Bayou Choupique Flood Protection project to determine where the footprint of the levee will be.

–Informed board members that some questions about applications for the Branch Street Project have been cleared up and the project should begin moving again soon.

–Stated that the fire station project is continuing and should be completed by the end of March or beginning of April. The board also approved an invoice from Acadiane Renovations for $124,829 for the project.

–Said that he is trying to set up a site visit soon with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to discuss the fire substation project to be constructed beneath the U.S. 90 overpass south of Baldwin.

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