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Mayo speaks out on council meeting

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -The Monroe City Council and Mayor are at odds again. 

In a surprising move, the Monroe City Council voted not to renew the city's contract with the bus transit management company, First Transit.

Without a contract, First transit has the legal right to stop the buses at any moment, but right now they are still running.

Mayor Jamie Mayo said this move put the whole public transit system in jeopardy.

"We are budgeted to pay them until April 30 of next year. Now they don't have a contract, at all so they could just walk away, if they so choose to," Mayo said.

The council also decided to shelve any new I-20 board appointments. Mayo said this is hindering growth for Monroe.   He said the council is keeping development, and the community, hostage.

"There was a hotel company that has come before the council who has indicated they want to build a hotel," Mayo said. "But because of the lack of action on the I-20 board, we haven't been able to do any business."

The mayor says some members of the council are refusing to move forward because they have issues with him personally.  He says he spends most of his time trying to work on the issues they create instead of moving forward in development.

"They have basically said to me, and my staff on the administrative side, we don't care what you do, we are not going along with it," Mayo said.

Right now, a legal battle is being fought over the I-20 board appointments.

The bus system continues to run but Mayo says they will look at privatizing the bus system or possibly doing away with it all together at the end of the budget year.

We called all of the council members who were at Tuesday night's meeting. Most of our calls were not returned, but we did get one no comment.

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