Lafayette,LA - Residents of Maurice have a reason to smile as they will soon be considered a town as their population grows. It's just that the process may take alittle longer than expected.
The village of Maurice has continued to grow in population, now having over two thousand residents. The transition from a village to a town is currently at a standstill.
"As things are growing in the population is growing. our schools are growing. things are only getting better,"says Ashlynn Broussard, who moved to Maurice two years ago.
With new homes being built every day,Broussard, who is a career agent for the Farm Bureau in Maurice, believes it's very affordable and a great place to raise a family. "Neighborhoods that are coming up, pretty quickly that have a wild variety of square footage and you have the land that's right next to the neighborhood that you can build on and buy."
Though Maurice has a growing population, Mayor Theriot says they want to continue to embrace their village identity. "It means a closeness, family-oriented community, and we want to continue to embrace that as we move up to a town."
He anticipated everything falling in place earlier this year, but due to COVID ,a lot still has to be done before they can be considered a town. "We're still waiting for the official document that has to come in from them and once we get that. We have to petition the governor, pass a resolution to be reclassified."
Becoming a town would also increase their government size from a mayor and three councilman to five councilman. This will also help the community be more up to date on whats going on in Maurice.
"That will allow us to represent the people a little bit better. I think because they can represent certain issues within this compact area."
Mayor Theriot says that they have some preplanning done. He is just waiting on the letter of certification and hopes its in within the next month or so.