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Council pulls I-20 board appointments

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News)-It was a full house as tax payer spoke out as Monroe City Council removed their four I-20 appointments one by one from Tuesday nights agenda.

And the mayor was quick to respond too.

"Its a shame that we have adults that have been elected by the public that is having the type of behavior that they have with in the city of Monroe" says Mayor Jamie Mayo.

But Councilman Eddie Clark says the reason for their actions was because the mayor fell through on an agreement they had.

"We do not have an agreement because the mayor, for whatever reason has decided that he does not want to dismiss his lawsuit. So, this was a situation where all four parts of the agreement had to be satisfied for there to be a meeting of the minds, and right now unfortunately we don't have that agreement" says Clark.

Along with the lawsuit dismissal, the council would vote to pay the attorney fees to the two attorney's involved in the lawsuit.

Additionally Clark says the mayor would agree to build bathrooms for a number of parks in Monroe.

And in return the council would appoint someone to the I-20 board.

But Mayo denies the agreement.

"Members of the council decided that they would pull these all together with these I-20 appointments which has nothing to do with the board but in their lopsided way they wanted to pull that together which is a crying shame" says Mayo.

Mayor Mayo went on to say the lawsuit should stand so a judge could decided what who's right and who's wrong.

Also at the meeting the council chose to not renew the First Transit contract which means the city will now need to find a new managing company for the city bus system.

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