January 22, 2015 10:41 PM
LIVINGSTON - In a tie-breaking vote, the council approved settling a lawsuit with Parish President Layton Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates .
The suit is over numerous issues, including money the company says it is owed for debris removal following Hurricane Gustav. FEMA has refused to pay... more »
January 22, 2015 4:25 PM
LIVINGSTON - The parish council approved a 2.5 mill tax renewal for the parish health unit Thursday night in a second attempt at getting the renewal approved by voters.
In November, voters denied the original, 5 mill renewal.
The change means, if passed, the average homeowner would pay... more »
January 16, 2015 6:23 PM
BAKER - City officials met to discuss possible ways to help Baker's budget Friday.
The two biggest options looked at were an increase in property taxes and an increase in sales taxes.
Right now the current sales tax is 9.5 percent. The maximum the city can charge in... more »
January 1, 2015 6:16 PM
GONZALES- The city council will have a new look in 2015 and two men are hoping it will feature their faces in the seats vacated by Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel.
Neal Bourque and Harold Stewart have stepped up to run for the seats that were emptied after Lacombe... more »
December 17, 2014 10:43 PM
LIVINGSTON- The long, drawn out court battle on who should get paid for Hurricane Gustav cleanup work in Livingston Parish took another twist Wednesday.
A federal judge ruled that engineering firm Alvin Fairburn and Associates can sue the parish for work the company said it performed following the September... more »
December 15, 2014 9:49 PM
GONZALES- Governor Bobby Jindal will need to appoint someone to fill the council seat of Gary Lacombe since the deadline for the city to appoint someone passed at midnight.
Mayor Barney Arceneaux said he will suggest someone to the governor's office. The city had twenty days to appoint someone... more »
December 8, 2014 10:16 PM
GONZALES - Two days after voters booted him from office, Timothy Vessel attended his last city council meeting on the governing body of the City of Gonzales.
"I had to be here as a councilman, to stay in my seat," Vessel said about attending the meeting Monday night. "This... more »
November 24, 2014 10:49 PM
LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are upset they aren't moving forward in the direction they would like.
The council is concerned about the Master Plan and proposed changes to the Home Rule Charter that are up to voters on Dec. 6.
Councilman Ricky Goff chastised... more »
November 18, 2014 10:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers in Baton Rouge have been waiting for a pay raise for years. Tuesday, the council spoke about raises for workers that were suggested, but never materialized.
A study done by the city-parish, completed in 2013, found employees are underpaid, when matched to comparable cities.... more »
November 11, 2014 9:33 PM
BATON ROUGE - Pending approval by the Baton Rouge Metro Council, the Companion Animal Alliance will get more funding to take care of their animals. It's expected to get $60,000 more this year since the city increased fees for pet owners.
The CAA says the funding will be a... more »
November 10, 2014 10:19 PM
GONZALES - Although the council passed the city's capital outlay budget Monday night, the tension remains over a series of other issues.
There are two different attorneys representing the city of Gonzales and some of the councilmen and they're racking up a hefty bill. Fees for attorney Robert Barnett,... more »
November 5, 2014 6:26 PM
SORRENTO - The people of Sorrento voted to abolish their police department, but current police chief Fern Barnett says she hasn't made a decision to resign or not yet.
She released this statement Wednesday: "I gave the residents a chance to make a choice. They made their choice, now... more »
October 8, 2014 10:45 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders decided on a series of items at Wednesday's Metro Council meeting.
The council approved a transfer of an abandoned fire station on Laurel Street to the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. The organization wants to renovate the Old Fire Station 1 into offices for the organization.... more »
October 7, 2014 9:40 PM
SORRENTO - City leaders met in executive session Tuesday to discuss a $500,000 lawsuit filed by a woman who said the town's former chief of police assaulted her while she was detained.
Earl Theriot resigned in February over the allegation. He was convicted of lying to the FBI about... more »
October 1, 2014 6:18 PM
GONZALES - Councilman Timothy Vessel will be forced to defend his job after 2,188 voters signed a petition demanding he leave office.
Vessel is one of two councilmen, including Gary Lacombe, that face the recall, likely to be held in December, after the Save Gonzales campaign worked for months... more »
September 26, 2014 2:12 AM
DETROIT, MI - The day-to-day operations of Detroit's city government are back in the hands of its elected mayor and City Council. State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr said Thursday that "the city is more than ready" before signing Order 42. The measure puts the nine-member council and Mayor Mike Duggan... more »
September 23, 2014 3:54 PM
BAKER - Overgrown grass near blighted properties is on the rise in Baker, and the city council took a step toward tackling the blight Tuesday evening.
The city council created a blight committee to get the grass cut. Councilman Pete Heine's plan calls for the city to put overgrown... more »
September 22, 2014 8:35 PM
GONZALES- The city council will attempt to pass a budget the mayor will approve since the group did not override his veto of the most recent capital outlay spending plan .
In two weeks, the council will likely draft another version. It will be the fourth try at getting... more »
September 9, 2014 6:17 PM
GONZALES - A day after the council decided to amend the budget for a third time, cutting out funding to the police department, Chief of Police Sherman Jackson defended his request for more than $400,000.
"I think they're out of touch, one of them asked me if I think... more »
September 9, 2014 2:04 AM
FERGUSON, MO - Officials in Ferguson, Missouri, say they plan to establish a review board to help guide the police department, as the city council prepares to meet for the first time since the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old by a white police officer. The City Council has... more »
August 25, 2014 9:53 PM
GONZALES - The political drama in Gonzales is as hot as ever and it seemed to boil Monday night.
People in the audience chanted "recall, recall, recall," ahead of their exit from the council chambers. Two councilmen, Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel, were the focus of their outcry.
... more »
August 14, 2014 5:25 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - A sewage fee is raising a major stink in West Feliciana, and a change could be coming soon.
The current sewage system in the parish requires people to pay a $2,400 hookup fee to turn on new service to a location. That's leading some residents to... more »
August 14, 2014 4:37 PM
LIVINGSTON - Thursday night, the Livingston Parish Council did not act on dealing with legal fees related to a lawsuit involving council members.
The council wanted the parish to pay attorney fees for two council members, but Parish President Layton Ricks wants to wait until a judge makes a... more »
August 12, 2014 7:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - The parish attorney being forced out of her position by city leaders has filed suit Monday against the entire East Baton Rouge Metro Council.
Mary Roper claimed in the lawsuit members of the council unfairly targeted her and wanted her to step down in order to... more »
July 25, 2014 10:08 PM
GONZALES - The Baton Rouge area is a step closer to getting a little traffic relief.
Thursday, the Ascension Parish Council approved a resolution to enter into a cooperative endeavor agreement with Iberville Parish to share some of the cost of a traffic study.
Based on what Iberville... more »
July 24, 2014 10:24 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council voted against hearing from a lawyer who claimed to have an idea about how to deal with a $59 million issue related to storm cleanup.
Plans were supposed to be addressed Thursday night about steps going forward since arbitrators in Washington, D.C. sided... more »
July 22, 2014 8:33 PM
SORRENTO- The town council voted to defund the embattled police department and give voters the chance to shut the department down for good this fall.
Tuesday, four council members voted for the moves and were met with resistance from one. Beginning August 1st, there will be no money for... more »
July 22, 2014 5:55 PM
SORRENTO - The town council will vote on a motion to let Sorrento residents decide the fate of their police department and chief of police position.
After legislation was passed at the Capitol earlier this year to allow the town to abolish the position and the department, the council... more »
July 9, 2014 9:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - The Port Allen City Council proposed an ordinance Wednesday night to crack down on police department patrol officers who quit the force shortly after being hired.
"The revolving door kind of employment thing we've been having with the police department is a concern," said Councilman Hugh... more »
July 2, 2014 10:30 PM
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders are not sure what the future holds dealing with handling Gustav debris cleanup since arbitrators ruled in FEMA's favor.
Following a week-long hearing in May, the group released Monday the federal government should not cover $59 million in costs related to the 2008 storm. The... more »
June 26, 2014 6:03 PM
GONZALES - The effort to recall two Gonzales city councilmen passed the halfway mark recently as supporters continue to search for signatures.
The Save Gonzales campaign needs 2,145 signatures to trigger a recall election for both Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel. The group started going door to door early... more »
June 24, 2014 6:13 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - A sewer system that will create a state of the art way to treat waste in Ascension Parish is under construction.
The main trunk line went in today on Highway 73 while crews continue road work. The sewer system will help keep Ascension water clean.
"The... more »
June 19, 2014 10:21 PM
ASCENSION PARISH - Council members voted 7-2 Thursday night to add a 5 mill property tax to the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would fund recreational improvements in Ascension Parish.
A team of people called "Better Recreation Now" presented their project for at $30 million dollar plan... more »
June 12, 2014 10:38 PM
LIVINGSTON PARISH - A list of 61 roads, or sections of roads, are on a list ready for redevelopment after a meeting Thursday night where the Livingston Parish Council adopted a priority road list.
The first half of this list, 29 roads, are already funded and will cost the... more »
June 10, 2014 8:49 PM
BAKER- City leaders refused to increase water and sewer rates at a meeting Tuesday evening.
The mayor said the most expensive increase would barely double rates but not everyone would see an increase that high. Water rates would increase between $6 and $8, sewer rates would raise bills about... more »
June 4, 2014 10:26 PM
AMITE - Tuesday evening's council meeting in Amite included racial slurs and finger pointing by Councilman Jonathan Foster.
In an audio clip recorded by our news partner in Tangipahoa Parish, ActionNews17.com , Councilman Foster uses a racial slur to describe his fellow black council members, Emanuel Zanders and Arthur... more »
May 28, 2014 11:01 PM
BATON ROUGE- A hearing about the future of the parish attorney's job in East Baton Rouge quickly became fiery Wednesday when members of the Metro Council fired spicy comments at each other.
"I"m trying to figure out what in the world, council members, are we doing," Councilwoman Tara Wicker... more »
May 13, 2014 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Councilman Buddy Amoroso will ask for an additional 30 days to consider the possible annexation of the Mall of Louisiana into the city.
The move comes as the council prepares to vote on the annexation petition tomorrow at the Metro Council meeting.
"We shouldn't rush... more »
May 7, 2014 10:37 PM
BATON ROUGE- The maps depicting the area proposed to be annexed into city limits had some questioning the methods used to annex the areas from Baton Rouge General Hospital to the Mall of Louisiana.
The annexation leaves out four of the main stores in the mall, the anchor stores,... more »
May 6, 2014 6:24 PM
GONZALES- The Department of Agriculture and Forestry confirms that rules were broken when Catrina Irvin faxed campaign finance documents from her state-owned fax machine to the ethics commission.
On at least two dates, Irvin faxed candidate's reports for both Terance Irvin and his fellow councilman Timothy Vessel.
The... more »
May 2, 2014 6:38 PM
GONZALES - A vote to pay attorney fees to a company following a lawsuit with Gonzales is raising some eyebrows.
The issue stems back to a lawsuit with a contractor who was hired to build the spray pad at Jambalaya Park in Gonzales. The city stopped paying Quality Design... more »
April 30, 2014 6:31 PM
GONZALES- After a trio of councilmen forced changes to the city's budget to fund an $800,000 road study, some questions are being raised as to whether or not Terance Irvin has a conflict of interest in the vote.
The study would look at a possible service road connecting LA... more »
April 15, 2014 11:52 PM
PORT ALLEN- The city's newest mayor was sworn in Tuesday evening.
Richard Lee was elected in a special election earlier this month to fill Deedy Slaughter's term after she was recalled at the end of 2013. Slaughter ran for the seat and lost to Lee.
Lee took the... more »
March 17, 2014 9:36 PM
GONZALES- After a zoning vote that would keep one electric company out of the city, the Gonzales council approved a special zoning permit for Summit Electric Supply to build a new facility on LA 44.
The company was seeking the special permit on the plot of land already zoned... more »
March 12, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN- City leaders made changes to how city government operates in the wake of a debacle involving former mayor Deedy Slaughter.
Wednesday night, the city council approved a clarification about who is a city department head. While she was mayor, Slaughter often debated with some members of the... more »
March 5, 2014 9:40 PM
BATON ROUGE - A state representative wants to bring red light cameras to a public vote.
Rep. Jeff Arnold of New Orleans says this is his third attempt to require voter approval prior to the imposition of civil fines for violations captured by automated traffic enforcement systems, like red... more »
February 25, 2014 5:13 PM
BATON ROUGE- A judge decided that Ralph Washington is still eligible to run for Central City Council, despite a mistake on his candidacy form that claimed he didn't have any ethics fines.
Washington did owe $700 to the Ethics Commission for previous late filings, but had requested a waiver... more »
February 24, 2014 9:39 PM
GONZALES - The city council voted 2-1 to award a rezoning request so Crawford Electric can build a warehouse on five acres of PriceCo land.
Crawford Electrical Supply Co. wants to build its multi-million dollar, 54,000 square-foot facility on Highway 44 east of I-10. The plot is zoned as... more »
February 18, 2014 10:32 PM
ZACHARY - City leaders want to consider changing an outdated law that allows guns to be fired anywhere in city limits.
The ordinance was intended for rural areas before the city began to expand.
After a couple of complaints about gunshot noises, the council and mayor are considering... more »
February 17, 2014 10:59 PM
LIVINGSTON- After months of deadlock, the parish council and parish president in Livingston Parish agreed on hiring a road engineer to prioritize roads that need to be resurfaced and leaders will begin meeting with the engineer this week.
First, Layton Ricks will meet with the agency hired to make... more »
February 13, 2014 9:54 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS- A series of potholes and broken roads in the South Point subdivision has several residents pleading for a fix.
The road, pointed out by WBRZ News 2 as one of the worst two years ago , is still in disrepair, getting only simple patches to fill the... more »
February 12, 2014 10:11 PM
PORT ALLEN - Council members in Port Allen voted on a new law Wednesday that will bring more transparency to city government.
The new ordinance requires two signatures on every check. Before, the city only required one signature and it was from the mayor. People say adding another name... more »
February 5, 2014 5:21 PM
PORT ALLEN - Port Allen council members plan to discuss two new ordinances that would add transparency with the future mayor of the city.
This comes after former mayor Dee Dee Slaughter was recalled in November.
Council members say they want clearer laws when it comes to city... more »
February 4, 2014 10:28 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department Tuesday night.
The Sorrento Police Department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls during the day, while the sheriff's... more »
February 3, 2014 6:05 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento town council has an additional insurance quote to consider ahead of their Feb. 4 council meeting.
The quote, which was discussed briefly at the previous council meeting, offers liability insurance for the chief of police and his assistant for a premium of about $45,000 per... more »
January 21, 2014 10:25 PM
SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders.
The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table... more »
January 8, 2014 10:32 PM
PORT ALLEN - A unanimous vote adopted a 2013-2014 city operating budget Wednesday night in Port Allen, nearly six months after it was supposed to go into effect.
"It's a good feeling, everybody worked together to get this done," said appointed Mayor Lynn Robertson. "Of course, it's something that... more »
December 30, 2013 11:23 AM
LIVINGSTON - Members of the Livingston Parish Council are considering an override of a budget veto by Parish President Layton Ricks.
Ricks vetoed the budget on December 19, saying it didn't contain tax money dedicated to road work and other projects.
Ricks says he will operate under the... more »
December 19, 2013 5:54 PM
GONZALES- The Ascension Parish council approved a move to take over the balloon festival for the 2014 year and provide money from Lamar Dixon's marketing budget to cover losses from the 2013 festival.
The council agreed to move $100,000 from Lamar Dixon to cover a portion of the nearly... more »
December 19, 2013 5:19 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Residents have mixed emotions about the location of a possible new Walmart Neighborhood Market.
Walmart is looking to build on a piece of property at the corner of Vincent Road and Pete's Highway. That's right down the street from the family run store, Carter's Supermarket.
... more »
December 17, 2013 10:28 PM
LIVINGSTON- An olive branch has apparently been extended among feuding parish leaders in Livingston Parish.
Leaders, upset over roads, have been at odds over hiring a contractor to do repairs. Parish council members were upset the parish president hired a firm without their consultation.
After a discussion, the... more »
December 5, 2013 11:06 PM
LIVINGSTON- The first meeting of peacemakers didn't do enough to settle issues among leaders in Livingston Parish, it appears.
The drama, shouting, and hollering returned to Thursday night's council meeting a day after a special commission met for the first time to address such issues.
The council and... more »
December 4, 2013 10:02 PM
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.
... more »
December 3, 2013 9:45 PM
LIVINGSTON - The Livingston Parish Council has created a commission in an effort to stop the bickering with the parish president.
The commission will make suggested changes to the parish's home rule charter.
"What we are doing is hopefully they are bringing some amendments that will be clear... more »
December 2, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- City leaders will be asked to decide if at least one movie theater should be allowed to sell alcohol.
Wednesday, the Metro Council's planning and zoning board will vote on a rezoning request by the AMC movie theater near the Mall of Louisiana. The theater wants to... more »
December 2, 2013 9:45 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. - The stage is set for a showdown among Livingston Parish officials over spending when the Parish Council considers adopting a 2014 budget on Thursday The chairmen of the council and its finance committee said amendments to the administration's proposed budget likely will be numerous, though neither would... more »
November 18, 2013 5:41 PM
SORRENTO- Mayor Mike Lambert caused a scene at a special town council meeting when he erupted in front of the public and began yelling at the audience.
During the meeting, he lashed out a police employee, telling her to "Keep your mouth shut!" while pointing into the audience. He... more »
November 18, 2013 7:39 AM
PORT ALLEN - Council members agreed that one of their first priorities in the wake of Mayor Deedy Slaughter's recall is to take another stab at adopting a 2013-14 budget before city departments run out of money.
In Saturday's election, 57 percent of Port Allen voters supported a grass... more »
November 5, 2013 10:29 PM
SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department.
The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19.
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