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New Park and Recycling Woes on City Council Agenda

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A new park and holding our recycling partners accountable.

Those issues are on the Shreveport city council's agenda today.

Mayor Glover and city officials are meeting in the room behind me to hash out those city issues right now.

For a while, recycling customers all across the city have complained that their recycling is picked up days or even weeks late.

Citizens in District G may be getting a new park near Hearne and Murphy Street.

Right now, the area is just an unused old lot but city officials say a park, with a basketball court, a track, and picnic tables and barbeque pits may rehabilitate the area. But those against the park say the city already has too many parks. There are 3 parks in the area; Queensborough, Lakeside and Andrew Curie Park. But residents, and city councilman Sam Jenkins say it will improve the quality of life in the area. "This is a quality of life issue, it will give people an opportunity to come together in a safe environment and exercise and just get to know one another and that's something that's missing in the city and something I think a lot of people would like to see."

City council member's aren't voting on the issue with Pratt or the proposed Murphy Street park today. They are working to acquire the empty lot's land for the park today and could vote on the park.

City officials are looking to close Baker Street downtown. The street is about a block long and Millennium Studios, the movie production company in the heart of Shreveport, is looking to expand and would like the street to be closed to through traffic. Diego Martinez, president of Millennium Studios said, "We're want to do things like bringing over our prop warehouse, it;s where we keep all of our set decoration, and our wardrobe and stuff. It'd be nice to have it here on campus."

Also on today's agenda, the city is looking to purchase $2 million dollars for water and sewer trucks and equipment to tackle the city's aging water and sewer system.

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