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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 Parish President Layton Ricks Monday, for not attending the meeting, citing this as his 14th absence from parish meetings.

"I don't know how else to say it," Goff said, addressing the crowd. "But your parish president, I'm going to call him out, I'm calling him out, he needs to start giving both sides of the story."

Ricks was in Denham Springs speaking before the council about the Home Rule Charter changes, asking voters for their support against them.  Ricks told WBRZ News 2, he followed the Charter by having a representative at the meeting to speak for him and said, "This is their meeting, not mine. We followed the law so they should not have complained about me being at another meeting."

Councilwoman Joan Landry introduced an ordinance about council raises.

"It's a full-time job, I probably work 30 hours a week doing council business," said Landry.

The last time the council got a raise was a decade ago. Each council member makes $1,200 a month. Landry is calling for a $400 raise, which is what council members make in some surrounding parishes.

Cindy Wale Franz and Marshall Harris voted against the idea.

The council also spoke behind closed doors about a lawsuit settlement with Ricks' former employer, Alvin Fairburn and Associates about allegations of over-billing. The settlement was voted down.

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