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Mayor walks out;several audience members forced out of council meeting

Posted: Updated: June 11, 2013 11:07 PM
Photo by: Ty Russell after Mayor Mayo walked out of the meeting Photo by: Ty Russell after Mayor Mayo walked out of the meeting
Photo by: Ty Russell Photo by: Ty Russell

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo is going head to head with his former mayoral opponent, now Council Member Ray Armstrong. There is also tension between Mayo and other members on city council.

"There is a hidden agenda that's now come to the surface, where they are trying to do things that are destructive trying to hurt me," Mayo said.

Armstrong has three measures moving to the next meeting for a final vote in the next two weeks.

They involve a city ratings system for events at the Monroe Civic Center, a proposal to ban the city from sponsoring events that are mostly not family friendly and a measure calling for all department heads to be approved by the council.

"I don't think that taxpayers want us spending taxpayer money for profanity and graphic sexual content," Armstrong said.

Armstrong does admit, he may not get too comfortable as a council member.

"The last thing on my list is to run for mayor but it's still on the list," Armstrong said.

The mayor is ready for a round two in the election.

"There's no question that Armstrong is gearing up for a run for mayor and I'm ready," the mayor said.

The tensions forced police to step in and kick out a couple members from the audience Tuesday night.

But after the meeting was all over,  the mayor said, the focus should not be on the bickering.

"Economic development is just unbelievable for what's happening at Century Link and their expansion ,Vantage, Chase and Gardner Denver Thomas," Mayo said.

A measure limiting the mayor's powers on removing any board member for the Interstate-20 Economic Development Commission is heading for a final vote.

Also, a measure calling to limit the authority of that same board going into closed sessions, with respect to state law, is also hading back for a final vote next meeting.

The council has approved a resolution calling for the police department to buy about a dozen new police cars and 50 laptops.

Council members also approved a measure to make the community paper, the Monroe Free Press, their official journal for the next year.

 

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