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City Council may block funds for Glover's dog park appeal

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SHREVEPORT, La -

Nearly $18,000 dollars. That's how much Shreveport taxpayers are on the hook for over Mayor Cedric Glover's legal fight over the dog park. And now there could be a move by the city council to yank back on the leash and stop the flow of money for Glover's appeal.

Council members learned recently that an outside attorney has been representing Mayor Glover on the dog park -- as well as the Highway 3132 case -- without authorization. The agreement with attorney Ron Lattier, signed during the Hightower administration, says Lattier will only represent the city on workers compensation and personal injury cases at a rate of $115 an hour, plus expenses.

Meantime, the legal bills are still coming in.

"The last invoice was submitted last week, City Attorney Terri Scott informed the council last Monday. "It was a little less than $800 dollars for the dog park matter."

That's on top of the $17,000 it's believed the city's already paid Lattier for representing Glover in the suit filed by the Dog Park Alliance. It was a suit the mayor lost. A district judge said Glover must sign off on a funding grant for the park after he ignored the council's unanimous override of his veto.

"We don't believe that the citizens and taxpayers should be burdened with the legal expenses of the administration or the mayor to go forward with this appeal," says District C Councilman Oliver Jenkins.

But District G Councilman Sam Jenkins says denying more legal funds for Glover could violate his right to an attorney if sued over official business.

"I don't think the ordinance that provides for an attorney or costs limit to what occurs in the trial court," Sam Jenkins says. "I think it extends all the way through appeals until those appeals are exhausted."

A spokesman said Mayor Glover had no comment for this story, since there's been no formal proposal yet to stop funding for his appeal. However, during a two-hour span on Wednesday, Glover sent out nine tweets about the dog park.

KTBS 3 News also asked City Attorney Scott twice for specific amounts for the mayor's dog park defense. But she did not reply.

Meantime, Glover is set to hold two more town hall meetings on Thursday and Monday, like one at a deli two weeks ago where he gave a PowerPoint to promote Princess Park as an alternative location for the dog park. And his defense told the court that was an effort to show that he is complying with the judgement against him.

But the attorney for the Dog Park Alliance calls that absurd.

"All the things that have happened since the evidence was closed on May 16th that the mayor's been doing, the muffaletta parties, and those kinds of things, I've called that political theater because that's all it is," attorney Dan Keele said.

Keele has asked the appeal court to strike Glover's town hall from the record, find him in contempt, and pay the plaintiffs court costs.

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