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City leaders plan CATS coup

3 years 10 months 1 week ago July 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013 Tuesday, July 16 2013 July 16, 2013 3:19 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- City leaders, including the mayor, believe mismanagement at CATS is cause to have the entire board tossed to the curb.

Councilman Chandler Loupe has submitted an agenda item for an upcoming Metro Council meeting to begin removing Isaiah Marshall from the CATS board. Loupe said in his request to include the move on the agenda, it was for "neglect of duty and/or misconduct in office."

Councilman Buddy Amoroso also said he wants the entire board to resign and is asking they do so. He is also planning a formal item to include in an upcoming council meeting concerning the topic.

Amoroso said the bus system has not lived up to its promise of change following the controversial property tax vote in 2012.

Tuesday, the mayor wrote to council members "take whatever action is necessary within your authority, including the removal of any CATS board members who are not acting in good faith to fulfill their commitment to the public."

Amoroso believes the "straw that broke the camel's back" was a management contract for an outside agency to run the bus system. Some believe the process was flawed, and not on par with other government contract selection processes.

Tuesday evening, CATS is expected to make a decision on the $1.5 million contract.

     > UPDATE: The board decided to restart the selection process altogether.

A community meeting about issues with the bus system is set for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm at Southern University's College of Business in the Global Conference Center.

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