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Monroe City Council votes to keep the Free Press

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Monroe Free Press will remain the city's official journal. In a split vote, the Monroe City Council voted to keep the weekly journal even with vocal opposition by Monroe's administration.

One council member spoke in favor of keeping the Free Press as the official journal and one spoke out against it. The rest stayed silent. And during the vote, Councilman Ray Armstrong even abstained.

Even so, the Monroe Free Press will remain the official journal of the city of Monroe.

“I think they've done an outstanding job. There's been a little glitches in it at first, but from there forward, they've done an outstanding job,” Councilman Kenneth Wilson said.

Councilwoman Gretchen Ezernak moved to have The News Star take the Free Press' place on the resolution. She said The News Star reaches more people. No one would second that request and the motion failed.

"The numbers don't lie. And me myself, I have had several complaints about project deadlines and things of that nature," Ezernak said.  

Mayor Jamie Mayo said he's also received many complaints about the weekly newspaper.

"Some of the projects require that advertisement takes place on multiple days, like two consecutive days or three times. If you have a daily newspaper, regardless of what that is, you could do Monday and Tuesday. But the fact that you have a weekly, you have to go Thursday, then the next Thursday and then the next Thursday after that," Mayo said.   

In other news, the council gave Mayo the authority to seek out beautification grants. The grants will further the Louisville beautification project all the way to Kansas Lane. It will also pay for improvements on South Grand.

"So you have sidewalks, lights there, as well as some utilities underground," Mayo said.  

Mayo said the federal government will pay 80 percent of the grant and the city will have to pay the rest.

He says the costs are unknown because the engineers are still drawing up the plans.

And the zoo's kitchen will finally get remodeled. The council decided to accept RDR Construction's bid, which was just over $33,000.
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