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Mayor Jamie Mayo announces that the following City of Monroe facilities, departments and offices will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 4th in observation of the 2017 Independence Day holiday.

Community Centers

Masur Museum of Art

Monroe City Hall

Monroe City Marshal

Monroe Civic Center

Monroe Transit

Public Works

The following areas below will remain OPEN on Tuesday, July 4th.

Chennault Park Golf Course

MUNY (Forsythe) Golf Course

Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo

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Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has named Major Eugene Ellis to the position of police chief. Ellis is a 31-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department.  He will replace outgoing Monroe Police Chief Dr. Quentin Holmes, who recently announced his retirement, effective July 31, 2017.

Major Ellis is a 31 year veteran of the department. He began his career in Monroe as a patrolman and held positions in narcotics, intelligence, administration and internal affairs. 

A new police chief will be hired in the next four to six months using the following plan:

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Monroe is getting a little closer to allowing ride sharing. At Tuesday night's council meeting held to discuss the possibility of obtaining Uber and Lyft a crowd came out for support. The council decided to proceed with the process, not everyone in attendance was happy about the news of Uber and Lyft. Local taxi companies think it will slow their business and could be dangerous to them.

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Communities all over the United States are standing up to obesity through the Own your Own Health Challenge. The Own Your Own Health Challenge allows groups and individuals to log their steps for the day.

Louisiana has the highest obesity rate in the nation at over 36 percent. Monroe Governor, Jamie Mayo, has taken notice to this fact by adding 'promoting healthy lifestyles' to his 60 for 60 project list. 

Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes have agreed to donate two used Police units to the Grambling State University Police Department. The donation was approved at the last Monroe City Council meeting.

The two Ford Crown Victoria vehicles were previously used for patrol by the Monroe Police Department. 

Mayor Mayo says, “This donation will help strengthen ties between universities and the city.”

Louisiana Delta Ballet

The Louisiana Delta Ballet brings the allure of ballroom dancing to the Twin Cities for the 8th Dancing with the Stars competition on Friday, February 5th. The event, like the popular television series, pairs local celebrities with dancers in the LDB to compete against each other for the title.

“It’s just one of those events that people love. We sell out every year,” says Jeanine Patton with the LDB.

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The minimum wage for City of Monroe employees is going up. 

 

Mayor Jamie Mayo announced the increase Monday.  He says the three-step plan will bring minimum worker pay to $10 an hour by May of 2016.

 

"It needed to be step increases.  We wanted to make sure we could give raises, but also sustain them," said Mayo.

    

The administration began reviewing an increase plan in April. 

 

Neighborhood Concerns Rally Blight Campaign

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“We’ve been having bad snakes and all kinds of different things going on," says Deborah Rogers. She’s a Bronson Street resident who is a victim of blighted properties in her area.

Rogers says it bothers her to see neglected homes next to people who are taking care of theirs. She points to scattered debris along one side of an abandoned house. People have empty their trash on these lots, attracting unwanted guests to the neighborhood

“It be sitting in here and all kind of different animals and stuff come by so I always call the city so they can come clean it up," she says.

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The budget wrangling between Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and City Council Chairman Ray Armstrong continues as Armstrong is proposing a new ordinance.  

The measure would allow the council to hire a certified public accountant to assist in reviewing the budget throughout the year.  Mayo calls the move another example of waste, saying there are two CPAs and a budget officer working for the city.  

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The Monroe City Council voted down three proposals from Mayor Jamie Mayo to address blighted properties during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

Council members Betty Blakes, Eddie Clark, and Kenneth Wilson voted in unison against the items.  Gretchen Ezernack was the only member in support of the measures.  Council chair Ray Armstrong was absent from Tuesday's meeting.  

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