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3132 Coalition leader calls for investigation of Shreveport mayor

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The legislative and legal fight over extending Highway 3132 continues this week over the morning air waves of talk radio.

Finish 3132 Coalition leader Elliott Stonecipher is grappling with Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover over a public records request on behalf of the coalition.

Stonecipher has been vocal in calling for an investigation into the corridor selection process. Glover, he says, is among those officials who have allowed developers to threaten completion of the expressway to the Port of Caddo-Bossier.

Both men have made their cases on back-to-back morning appearances on 710 KEEL Radio.

This all stems from the June 10th City Council meeting. The body reversed the metropolitan planning commission's ruling, saying land could be subdivided in the Esplanade Community, a possible conflict with potential routes for the extension of Highway 3132.

Stonecipher continues to claim there was a secret meeting of officials before the city council meeting to strategize how to give Tim Larkin the green light for construction.

Now the Coalition wants to read through the emails of the council members to find out who was there. The public records request was submitted more than two weeks ago when the city is suppose to respond within three days.

Stonecipher, on tuesday, complained about the lack of response.

“There are people like the US Attorney, the parish district attorney, the sheriff, those in law enforcement and prosecution who's jobs it is to find that out,” said Stonecipher.

“Illegal things, perhaps?” asked host Erin McCardy.

“It takes an investigation to find out,” he said.

Mayor Glover went on 710 KEEL Wednesday morning to respond to the demands. He told KTBS that afternoon, he is all for an investigation.

“We certainly believe that anyone with any questions, issues, any concerns, any suspicions, is more than welcome to come forward,” Glover said. “We think that's what it means to have open and transparent government.”

Glover also said the city government works to fill those records requests, but it will take time because of all the information that was asked for.

But after hearing about the comments thrown around, concerned citizen Willie Bradford still believes more transparency is in order.

“It's just been, to me, a series of deceptions and lack of transparency regarding this highway all together which leads me to believe that there's something real inappropriate going on here,” he said. “I think it might be higher than the city of Shreveport.”

We reached out to city councilman Michael Corbin whose district this falls in and who voted to overturn the MPC's decision. He said that he knew nothing about a secret meeting before the June 10th council meeting, and was not aware of one being orchestrated by another group.

To hear Stonecipher’s interview on 710 KEEL, click here. To hear Mayor Glover’s interview click here.

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