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Mayor Slaughter to present new budget

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

Port Allen Mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter said she will present a new budget to the city council at the Sept. 11 city council meeting.

Slaughter previously presented a 2013-2014 budget in June, prior to the June 30 end of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, but three of the city’s council members – R.J. Loupe, Hugh Riviere and Garry Hubble – rejected it because they said it was not prepared in conjunction with the city’s CFO.

At the Aug. 14 city council meeting, Mayor Pro-Tem and Council Member Ray Helen Lawrence urged the mayor to work with the CFO.

“The mayor (and) CFO should get together,” Lawrence said. “This is my recommendation: that they come together on it.”           

The mayor and CFO Audrey McCain could not immediately be reached for comment on whether they worked together on the new budget.

The mayor and CFO have been at odds in the court system since February, after Slaughter fired McCain without city council approval.

Within a week of the termination, Judge Alvin Batiste restored McCain to her position and issued a preliminary injunction that the mayor was not to interfere with McCain’s job duties.

Batiste signed a written order for the injunction on July 2, and McCain’s attorneys have said they will seek a permanent injunction at the trial set for Sept. 19-20.

In other news, a sign ordinance in the works for many years via the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and the Louisiana Capital Region Planning Commission is now moving forward in city council meetings.

The city council is set to introduce the 21-page ordinance at the Sept. 11 meeting, with a separate public hearing to be held before the council votes on it in October.

“It’s a pretty comprehensive ordinance,” CAO Adrian Genre said.

The ordinance would unify the city’s signage, per a Master Plan recommendation.

As of Tuesday afternoon, an agenda for the Sept. 11 meeting was not yet available.

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