Mayor Cedric Glover is asking the City Council to rescind Tuesday’s vote to proceed with a minimal street-repair plan in exchange for a more expansive street strategy and a request to boost the reserve fund at least to a 2011 level.
The Mayor sent a letter to council members Thursday afternoon, asking them to reconsider Tuesday’s vote to proceed with an asphalt-only road program to be paid for with $10 million from the streets revenue fund.
The letter highlighted the opportunity to address the need to strengthen the city’s reserve fund and the need to address the continuing deterioration of Shreveport’s infrastructure.
At a previous meeting, Mayor Glover stressed the need to leverage dollars from the street revenue fund in order to do more work across the city. The plan approved by the council addresses several asphalt streets but largely ignores major thoroughfares like Linwood Avenue, Jewella Avenue, Hollywood Avenue and Kings Highway.
That committee also heard the Mayor make a strong case for doing work that will have a positive economic impact, such as making improvements near LSU Health Science Center and Clyde Fant Parkway.