Jean-Pierre Coendoz, Verel-Pragondran's mayor, is not going to budge. It all began with a huge misunderstanding right from the beginning. But justice has been served twice. Recenty, Lyon's administrative court of appeal revoked a February 2018 municipal council deliberation for "excessive power". It was the deliberation of the municipal council regarding the decision to expropriate part of Chemin de la Vignette, at the village's entrance. It was done to authorize its transfer to a resident who, according to justice, had built a 21m2 sidewalk. Jean-Pierre Coendoz is a municipal councilor. "The misconception is that the sidewalk was once there but it was removed for sewer work.
The mayor explained that he was simply trying to normalize the situation. The court points out that the deliberation was for the sole purpose of allowing an owner to regulate a construction not allowed to be built in the municipal public domain. The excess of power sank the February 23rd 2018 deliberations. Jean-Pierre Coendoz leaps at the phrase "I take it in face, it's insult." Why can't we sell it to a councilman Is this to say that all advice is dishonest?
The mayor says more about the failure of the penal mediation. "The mediator didn't read things as they should." Even though the procedure is in the road code, I believe that it is illegal to downgrade a municipal plot.
Francois Gallet (the former mayor, until 2014) is the man behind this legal action. He says that he is not seeking to settle any accounts. Despite unsuccessful criminal mediation, the accused had not taken any steps towards regularizing this illegal occupation.
Jean-Pierre Coendoz, today, takes note of the court's decision. "We are going buy the plot. I think we are talking around 1,800 euros. But I won't destroy the sidewalk. It was there before.