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Power struggle continues between Mayor Mayo and City Council

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - There appears to be no end in sight when it comes to the mayor and Monroe City Council being at odds. Monday morning Mayor Jamie Mayo said things are the worst they have ever been between him and the council.

" I say that, that is another example of the city council trying to unserve the authority of the mayor" says Mayo.

Council members are attempting to pass ordinances prohibiting the I-20 board from conducting closed meetings. Along two others ordinances limiting the mayor's power in regard to the I-20 board and department heads.

Mayor Mayo says the new council members are attempting to limit the mayors powers and change the charter to give themselves as a council more power and more influence. Mayo says that's bringing the city and projects like I-20 service road extension in front of Sparks Nissan to a hault.

"This political motivation to do that number one and number two is not having a clear understanding of how government works and the big picture of our city and trying to move it forward and unfortunately its going to run our city into the ground" says Mayo.

Not only are city council members holding out on electing new members to the I-20 board, but Mayo says some council members have voted against bettering their own districts.

Councilwoman Betty Blakes voted against new tractor mowers out at the airport, which Mayor Mayo says would have benefited area's within her district.

Mayor Mayo is prepared to veto, if ordinances limiting the mayors power are passed at Tuesday nights meeting.


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