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People say council member is dodging requests

3 years 4 months 1 week ago February 10, 2014 Feb 10, 2014 Monday, February 10 2014 February 10, 2014 8:15 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - Some residents in East Baton Rouge claim their council member is not answering questions about a buyout of dozens of homes.

"I've tried to contact her at least 15 or 20 times," Greg Mitchell said.  He's been trying to reach Chauna Banks-Daniels, who represents his area.

Mitchell's family has been in negotiations with the city parish on purchasing their land because of the North Baton Rouge sewage treatment plant.

People who live nearby have said for years the smell lessons their quality of life.

"My mother owns this property. I care about my family," Mitchell said.

Out of the 41 parcels of land, the city parish has issued 36 offers. 28 have been accepted. Seven are still being considered. One has been rejected.

"The trust issue is going by the wayside now," George Francis said.

His family refused their buyout offer.

It was 25 percent lower than what he expected, Francis said. He says he then attempted to talk with Banks-Daniel about the process two weeks ago.

She only called him back after News 2 contacted her.

"I did get a call today indicated that a preliminary meeting would be March 6th. So we have almost six to eight weeks time frame in there between the initial meeting or request for and the possible meeting that will take place on the 6th of March," he said.

Banks-Daniels declined to comment on this report, but she said she received no complaints from landowners.


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