Ousted mayor's chair empty at Port Allen council meeting
PORT ALLEN - The city council met for the first time without ousted mayor Deedy Slaughter Wednesday night.
It was a committee meeting of the council and was held to discuss upcoming council items. But, leaders made a point to address concerns with the situation in city government.
Slaughter was recalled by voters in November. But, one resident who attended Wednesday's meeting wanted to know where members of the council spent their time while Slaughter was in office.
The woman blasted council members for sometimes being out of town instead of attending events in Port Allen.
Each council member, including Mayor Pro Tem Ray Helen Lawrence, addressed her concerns. Lawrence emphasizes its time in Port Allen to reunite the community after months of contention.
The council has a few weeks before its deadline to appoint an interim mayor is up. And, the city is still without an operating budget, which is six months delayed.