Posted: Feb 1, 2010 4:49 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: Feb 1, 2010 10:12 PM
The push to get a new City Hall complex in New Roads is causing controversy between the Mayor and some council members.
Two weeks ago the council voted to purchase an old antique store for $250,000 dollars and move City Hall there. It would have needed at least $700,000 in renovations. However, last week the same council voted to delay the purchase. That decision came one day before the paperwork was supposed to be finalized.
"Anytime a politician makes a decision and then tries to turn around and change their mind on something...that's bad," Mayor Tommy Nelson said.
Nelson cited safety issues and a lack of space as the reasons why New Roads needed a new building. In fact, the city has been pushing for new digs for the past 25 years.
Councilman Kurt Kellerman doesn't think a new building would serve the area well.
"I don't want to spend $1.2 million of tax payers money on something I dont' think we need," Kellerman said.
The money for a new City Hall complex would come from an account specifically designated for City Hall repairs.
A decision on what to do about the building is expected at Tuesday's council meeting. The mayor is expecting the meeting to be heated.