Residents say progress made in Port Allen

Residents say progress made in Port Allen
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 10:07pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:18pm

People living in Port Allen hope the battle over fixing Mayor Deedy Slaughter's salary is starting to wrap up.

"They've been some conflicts and controversy and things said and done. Hopefully tonight will kind of smooth things out a little bit," Rodger Payne, Port Allen resident, said.

The city council personnel and finance committee brought up a plan to introduce an ordinance that would put in writing how the council sets up elected officials salaries. In turn, it would fix the mayors salary. After that, she'll officially make $84,960 a year.

"That amount has been given to me from the very beginning, but there seems to be some issues with the ordinance being set for that amount," Mayor Deedy Slaughter said.

Last month a West Baton Rouge judge ruled the council incorrectly lowered the mayor's salary. Now the council has to fix their mistake.

"It's time if the judge is saying it do what you're supposed to do and then we'll look up. Right now we are not looking up to you. ya'll making us look bad," Yvonne Bessie, Port Allen resident, said.

While there is still a long way to go before the council can vote on the ordinance. The mayor says it's a step forward.

"I am ready to move past it tonight, I hope that after tonight it's a done deal," Slaughter said.

Now residents hope city leaders can get back to their main business running the city of Port Allen.

"I think the council members and hopefully the mayor will get together and try to work things out and work better together than what they have been doing in the past," Payne said.

The ordinance was only discussed Wednesday. It will be formally introduced by the council next week, and they could vote on it in September.

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