Editorial/Op

Keys to the City (And City Hall)

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CENTRAL FIRST BLUEb largerIf you are frustrated with the actions and decisions of “The Administration” in Central, or if you think “The Administration” is doing a dandy fine job, give the blame or credit where it is due. While a mayor may be the most visible elected official, taking credit for his successes and rightfully being blamed for his failures, the City Council is equally responsible, because while the Mayor drives the bus in running the city, the City Council Holds the Keys.
Our system of checks and balances between the Executive (Mayor) and Legislative (City Council) branches of our local government is very well crafted, and BOTH the Mayor and Council share the credit or blame for all of the major happenings in government. Everyone already sees that the mayor is easily assigned blame or credit, but in the single example of the proposed $5 million City Hall, you will see the three reasons why the City Council s just as responsible, because the City Council Holds the Keys.
The City Council Holds the Keys to Zoning: It is clearly Mayor Shelton’s initiative to build a $5 million City Hall, paying for it out of Central’s cash reserves, which I maintain should be used for drainage first. Whether you feel this is a good or bad decision, it is first a Zoning decision, and the City Council has complete authority over Zoning, including the approval of all new developments. If the City Council does not want City Hall built, they will vote on July 26th to deny the Conditional Use Permit needed to proceed. The City Council Holds the Keys.
The City Council Holds the Keys to the Spending: Mayor Shelton has decided that he wants to use $5 million of Central’s cash reserves to build the 17,000 square foot City Hall. However, the City Council Holds the Keys to Central’s cash reserve vault, and unless the City Council votes to give the Mayor the money to spend, City Hall does not get built. The City Council Holds the Keys.
The City Council Holds the Keys to Contracts: Even if the Mayor has the money in the budget to spend $5 million on City Hall, and he currently does not, the Mayor can not sign the contract to have it built unless the City Council authorizes him to sign it. The City Council Holds the Keys
Whether you support or dislike the things that Central’s government does, and whether the issue is fixing drainage, building City Hall, approving developments, or rezoning property, remember who is responsible for those actions and give ALL of them the blame or the credit. The Mayor drives the bus, but the City Council Holds the Keys.
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  1. Amber

    August 21, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I’m sorry but I know I will appear uneducated and ignorant regarding all of the upcoming decisions to be made obo Central City BUT I just have a couple of questions aka comments:

    I soooo do NOT GET why on earth,in ANY situation, WHY AN administrate law branch building aka City Hall would EVER BE CONSIDERED MORE IMPORATNT THAN OUR COMMUNITY’s wellbeing regarding drainage issues: Did everyone forget all of the destruction and flooding and clean-up involved with Flood 2016…how many residents were not just displaced but were normal blue collar people with either no insurance or under insurance. What about the costs that the city of Central and State of Louisiana WILL INCUR IN THE FUTURE…for the potential financial, economical and damages, to include both medical and mental issues in regards to MOLD diagnosis of many of our residents, family friends and self. How many people breathed and smelled the toxic air produced by BOTH the filth/mold smells as well as the BLEACH and other chemicals that replaced the stench so strongly that because I have COPD, I was pretty much home bound….NO WHERE WAS SAFE NOR CLEAN!!! So did the city of Central forget sooo quickly all of the HEARTACHE OF LOOSING HOMES BUT ALSO OUR CITY HAD TO BE TOTALLY TREATED FOR UNPURE WATER ISSUES, FLOODING, CLEANING UP MILDEW/MOLD ….. BUT”…….IM ACTUALLY MOST CONCENED FOR THOSE HEROS AND PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT PUT US BEFORE THEM!,, is the City of Central going to add a “PULMONARY AND MENTAL HEALTH FACILTY .”…….INSIDE THE GREAT BIG BRAND NEW CENTRAL CITY HALL?. Now……that’s what I REALLY WANT TO KNOW!!!

    To me….hands down WE NEED TO DO WHAT WE POSSIBLY CAN TO PREVENT , AT ALLLL COSTS, A REPEAT OF THE DRAINAGE AND FLOOD PROBLEMS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN!!!

    Bottom line…. people over places aka buildings…wtf are people thinking…

    Ok one more question and I know I prob NOT researched again BUT THE DISTRICT COUNSEL NO. 1….
    Habig states that the DRAINAGE study IS NOT COMPLETE, YET….
    Moak and others state that the DRAINAGE study IS COMPLETE soooooo

    WHICH IS IT ….AND WHY DOESNT SOMEONE PROVIDE EACH CANDIDATE THE
    COMPLETE AND PROPER INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTS SO TNEY CAN AT LEAST “Appear educated about the actual issues most important to our community???

    I just knew you would be best person to help me understand the mindset and priorities of our elected officials.

    One more thing….if possible I need the contact info for the Central City Services department so I can report my driveway collapse of failed culvert…yay us…

    Thank you
    Amber Kilcrease

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