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Big votes at Government Plaza

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They're wrapping up after big decisions and a big debate tonight at Government Plaza.

They're talking about everything from the dog park, to Grigsby and the Be Fair ordinance.

Earlier this week Mayor Glover said he wants to give the citizens of Shreveport an early Christmas gift by putting to bed some of the hottest topics facing city officials this is how it all came out.
 

Lets start off with the dog park debate. Mayor Glover withdrew his legislation that said drop the lawsuit and he'll move the dog park to Stoner. However, there is still the council's ordinance that moves the dog park to Stoner and keeps the law suit in place in an effort to hold Mayor Glover accountable.
Earlier this week, the Red River Waterway Commission agreed to allow their $280 thousand dollars in funding be moved to the Stoner Beach location after dog park supporters and city officials agreed to move the potential dog park from the Hamel site to Stoner.

And now to political fight over who will be the financial advisor for the City of Shreveport.
Today, city council officials voted 6 to 1 against using Grigsby and Associates as the city's financial advisor.
An audit found that the firm may have overcharged the city of Shreveport by $53 thousand dollars.
Council members have said that they don't trust and refuse to work with Grigsby for weeks.
Meanwhile, Glover said it's too late to try and hire a new advisor when Grigsby has laid the foundation for good work.
 

Its important to keep in mind that the stalemate over Grigsby and Associates continues to leave all financial dealings for the city of Shreveport in limbo until an agreement is reached, or until the next mayor's administration in December of 2014. The city cant move forward with the second bond sale, financing the water and sewer upgrades that stem from the rate increase and other large financial transactions.
 

 

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