Large Post-Election Turnout at City Council

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The Central City Council met Tuesday night at Kristenwood in the first meeting since the election. All of the political awareness brought about by the campaigns seems to have people either interested in the process or wanting to become involved. With somewhere near 100 citizens in attendance, this was probably the largest "routine" council meeting in the past few years. Controversial issues sometimes fill the room with attendees, but with no "hot" issue being discussed, the turnout was encouraging.

Sheriff Sid Gautreaux addressed the Council, explaining the need for renewal of the tax millage in support of the Sheriff’s Department in the upcoming election. Mayor Watts then asked for Council approval for the appointment of Suzanne Cowart, a local CPA, as the part-time City Finance Director. After lengthy discussion, she was appointed on a temporary basis while the interview process is extended. Mr. Washington deferred two items of discussion regarding CH2MHill until the next meeting.

Phil Miley was then appointed as the Administrative Hearing Officer for the city as well as the Magistrate of the Mayor’s Court. Some discussion was had regarding the constitutionality of the Mayor’s Court concept and the decision was to proceed with the concept, which is identical to other such courts around the state. Finally, Mr DeJohn requested a discussion of the City’s rights to declare ownership of servitudes and streets so that Central, and not EBR Parish, would recieve royalties and use fees for this property instead of the Parish. Further discussion of the matter was to be scheduled for a future meeting.


  1. David Barrow

    April 14, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Pertaining to Mr. DeJohn’s resolution that was passed at the council meeting, this is to let everyone know that East Baton Rouge Parish recently signed a lease with BP for mineral rights under the streets and rights-of-way in several subdivisions in Central without letting Central know. EBR claims that they own the streets and deserve the money. EBR has already received payments of over $60,000 from BP from these mineral rights. Central’s attorneys are claiming that the streets belong to Central now that we have incorporated and that Central should be receiving these royalties since those streets are now ours to maintain.

    Central will fight to get these funds, which we feel rightfully belong to Central and not EBR. EBR wants to take these funds and not even spend any of the money in Central.

  2. Mike Mannino

    April 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Totally support Mr.Dejohn on this. Why would EBR think they are entitled to this in the first place? The citizens will support this effort in any way we are asked. This will probably require a lot of research time and Mr Dejohn asked last night that a committee be formed to work on this. As soon as resource needs are identified, could you post for us David ? Potential revenue could be enornmous.

  3. Paul

    April 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Call City-Parish and tell them a pothole in “their” road caused a horrific accident that resulted in $1,000,000 in property damage and since they own the road they are liable. Watch them crawfish on that ownership claim real fast

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