City-Parish Govt at odds again

Louisiana Politics
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 11:06pm

Those in charge of government in East Baton Rouge were publicly at odds for the second time this week, as Metro Council members took exception to Mayor President Kip Holden striking down two items passed by the council recently.

"Vetoes say to us as a legislative branch that we've done something so egregious, that it could not be worked out," said Metro Councilmember Ulysses Addison.

Mayor Holden was absent from Wednesday night's meeting, so the sacrificial lambs who caught the wrath of the Council was Baton Rouge Police Chief Dewayne White -- one of the mayor's veto's was an ordinance dealing with wide-load police escorts through town -- and also William Daniels, with the Department of Public Works.

"Y'all are the policy making body and we abide by whatever yo do," Daniels said as he addressed the council. "My job is to tell the repercussions of what certain policies are."

Holden also vetoed a measure to bring all personal services contracts worth more than $50,000 to the Council for approval.

"I want to review every personal services contract Mayor Holden enters into until I no longer sit here," said Metro Counilmember Chandler Loupe. "I don't care if it's ten-cents or $100,000."

The council voted to override both of Holden's veto's.

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