LIVINGSTON - District Attorney Scott Perrilloux is researching ways to shut down a website at the request of Jimmie McCoy and other parish councilmen last Thursday.
McCoy said he wanted to issue a "cease and desist" order to shut down the livingstonparishcouncil.info website.
Perrilloux said they had no authority to issue a cease and desist order, but agreed to research the applicability of federal laws to local government websites.
In an interview after the meeting, Perrilloux said he did not think a federal lawsuit to shut down the livingstonparishcouncil.info website "would be worth the expense."
Perrilloux told councilmen he would report back Sept. 23.
Councilman Marshall Harris said he thought that a lawsuit intended to shut down livingstonparishcouncil.info would be a violation of First Amendment protection of freedom of speech.
Councilman Cindy Wale read a disclaimer on the website, saying it was created by Earl Price and was "operated by concerned citizens" who wanted to publicize and discuss Council actions.
Price, a local contractor, and Scott Jones of Jones Signs, jointly organized a petition drive that forced the Council to change its road policies. The petition needed signatures of at least 10 percent of the parish's registered voters and was certified in September 2009 as having 899 more signatures than the required minimum.
Jones, who is president of Citizens for Highways and Infrastructure in Livingston Parish, videotapes Council meetings and posts them on the CHILP website (chilp.us).
McCoy said he thought Price's livingstonparishcouncil.info website was named "to be deceptive," and said he wanted it shut down.
"I imagine that they (councilmen) want this site shut down before they start the overlay program this year," Price wrote on the website. "The council knows that we will be posting pictures of the roads on the list."
None of the 72 roads, or driveways, that received an asphalt overlay in 2008-09 would have been adopted into the maintenance system under the reforms forced on the Council by the Jones/Price petition.
The parish has not started an overlay program since the petition. The petition's reforms can be modified a year after adoption.
Price's website went online in March, when the Parish Council was planning an overhaul of its own website in conjunction with its move to the new Governmental Building.
Council Chairman Don Wheat said that his objection to Price's website was its name, or domain.
Wheat is named on the website as the candidate Price supported in the last election. As a candidate running for the first time, Wheat promised to bring roads up to state standards before paving them, according to the livingstonparishcouncil.info website.
Price said he and his family supported Wheat and were "shocked when he voted in support of bringing substandard roads into the system."
Mary Milton with Vizado, a web company affiliated with Certified Alarms, told councilmen Sept. 9 that the Council's new site address will be lpc.la.gov.
Milton expressed concerns that people looking for the Council site will get the livingstonparishcouncil.info site instead.
Milton said she came to the meeting to "get some clarity."