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1-20 Board, Monroe City Council Meetings Uneventful


Yesterday’s I-20 Board meeting and Wednesday’s meeting of the Monroe City Council were as unremarkable as any we’ve ever attended.

The I-20 Board stayed in executive session for all but five minutes of the hour and a half that they met. Chairman Otis Chisley said the members had to discuss some matters of a “sensitive nature.” Attending the closed session was a staffer from Denmon Engineering.

There were no reports on the drainage master plan, or the Cooper property development, even though both projects were listed on the agenda.

Board member Johnny Bryant asked earlier in the meeting that the board receive quarterly financial updates so that the members would know how much funding was available for future projects.

Wednesday’s Monroe City Council meeting featured only one item that was of significant discussion, the annexation of about five acres into the city that is located across Hwy 165 from CenturyLink.

There was some concern that the property annexation might jeopardize the city’s fire rating, as it is located more than 1 1/2 miles from a fire station.

Fire Chief Terry Williams said there are several buildings and facilities nearby that are within the city, and that the city’s fire department had a mutual aid agreement with the Ouachita Parish Fire Department.

Said Williams, “We have an automatic aid agreement with the Ouachita fire department. We don’t see a particular problem with that piece of property.”

It was noted that the advantage of the annexation was the additional property tax revenue that it will bring in.

I-20 Board Meeting This Afternoon


The Interstate 20 Economic Development District’s Board of Directors will meet this afternoon (11/13), 4:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda.

Monroe City Council Tonight


The Monroe City Council will meet tonight (Wedesday, 11/12), 6:00 PM, City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda and meeting information.

Monroe City Council Tuesday


The Monroe City Council will meet Tuesday, October 28, 6:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 500 Lea Joyner Expressway.

See here the agenda and meeting info packet.

Monroe City Council Tuesday


The Monroe City Council will meet Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the information packet, including the agenda.

AG’s I-20 Opinion Delayed


The most newsworthy item at last night’s meeting of the Interstate 20 Economic Development District’s Board of Directors wasn’t on the agenda – an update on the request by Louisiana Delta Community College for $600 thousand.

A requested opinion from Louisiana’s Attorney General on the legality of such a donation was rejected because it wasn’t submitted by Board Chairman Otis Chisley. The letter had been written by attorney Louis Scott, per a motion made at the 9/11/14 meeting.

Chisley said he would be sending a letter shortly. “We’re going to redo the letter and send it back, so we can make a formal request to see what their opinion is about the donation of the $600 thousand,” Chisley said.

The possible expenditure will have to be reconciled on what may be a lack of sufficient money to fund the request, according to a 9/24/14 story by the Ouachita Citizen’s Zack Parker. Wrote Parker:

The Interstate 20 Economic Development Corp.’s governing board has pledged to spend more money on ongoing and future infrastructure and economic development projects than it has at its disposal.

Prior to entertaining Delta’s proposal, the I-20 board had voted to commit some $16.5 million toward 15 projects though the corporation only has $13.9 million in the bank, according to the I-20 board.

In other business, the board heard from Gene Tarver, representing Cooper Truck Center, a business located at 6800 Frontage Road. Tarver said that owner Larry Cooper owned land adjacent to his business that he wanted to develop, and was asking the board to fund sewer and water service for the property.

Demon Engineering’s Chris Patrick said that his preliminary estimate was that the sewer line would cost about $82 thousand, and the water line would run about $30 thousand.

It was said the property appears to be within Monroe’s corporate limits, within the boundary of the I-20 district, and the request fit the description of the district’s charge for economic development. Chisley said the group would take the request under advisement and make a decision shortly.

About 1 1/2 hours of the nearly two-hour meeting was spent in executive session, discussing negotiations for right-of-way acquisitions.

I-20 Board Agenda


See here the document.

I-20 Board Meeting Today


The Interstate 20 Economic Development District’s Board of Directors will meet today (Thursday, 10/2), 5:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway, second floor mayor’s conference room.

Here is the notice.

We’ve not received an agenda yet.

Mayo Called Out by Monroe Transit Employees


Employees, both past and present, of Monroe Transit said at last night’s meeting of the Monroe City Council that Mayor Jamie Mayo “slandered” them with his baseless accusations of equipment sabotage by employees. It makes no sense, they said, for employees to damage the very equipment that helps produce their livelihood.

Said Damian Armstrong, a 20-year employee and President of Local 1160 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever heard in my life, about sabotage. I’ve been there this month make 20 years. I’m not going to jeopardize my livelihood, and no one else at Transit, their livelihood because of so-called sabotage. There’s only three people, I think, in the City of Monroe who actually believe this – that’s the Mayor, Mr. Janaway (Public Works Director), and Mark Keenan (Monroe Transit Manager). I’ve talked to a lot people – passengers, friends – no one believes this. They actually think it’s funny.”

Delores Brown, a Transit operator, said much the same thing.

Said Brown, “For the last few weeks, I’ve been hearing about sabotage with Monroe Transit. I have been with Monroe Transit for over thirty something years. No sabotage until now. All I ask is for you all (the council) please start coming and looking for yourselves, instead of taking someone else’s word for it.”

Said Deotis Pruitt, a Transit retiree, “We have too many relatives working over there in Transit. There’s creating positions – we have a street supervisor, we have a regular supervisor, and a general manager. Now we have an assistant general manager, some assistant to the assistant general manager. Where’s the money coming from?”

The remarks from transit employees came near the end of the two hour meeting, after Mayo had left the meeting room.

In other business, the council approved liability insurance coverage for the transit system. The contract that was approved was changed from what appeared on the agenda, in favor of a more expensive policy with no deductible and better coverage.

Monroe City Council Tuesday


The Monroe City Council will meet Tuesday, September 23, 6:00 PM, Monroe City Hall, 400 Lea Joyner Expressway.

Here is the agenda and meeting information.


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