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Many events end with the release of balloons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says balloon releases are damaging to the environment yet organized balloon releases continue to occur.  The USFWS often finds animals stuck in the strings or ingesting the balloon. 

Ann Bloxom Smith of Monroe works with Friends Of Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge. Tonight at 6:00 p.m. she will propose to the Monroe City Council an ordinance to ban the release of balloons. 

2017 Fire Prevention Week

Oct 6, 2017
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Editors Note: The Fire Safety celebration will no longer include a balloon release.

Mayor Jamie Mayo, the Monroe City Council, and Fire Chief Terry Williams announce our annual Fire Prevention Week is October 8-14, 2017.

This year’s theme is “Every Second Counts - Plan 2 Ways Out.”

The Monroe Fire Department has many events scheduled to promote fire prevention during this week including:

Residents Urged to Prepare for Potential Heavy Rainfall related to Tropical Depression Harvey

Mayor Jamie Mayo and the Monroe City Council join officials with Ouachita Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to urge residents of Monroe and all of Ouachita Parish to prepare for potential heavy rainfall related to Tropical Depression Harvey, which is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Monroe City Council approved a ridesharing ordinance at the last council meeting. The new rules will make it easier for companies like Uber and Lyft to do business in Monroe.

KEDM reached out to both Uber and Lyft to see if ridsharing is in our future. Uber responded with the following statement from Uber Louisiana General Manager David Brightman.

City Council Candidates Participate in Public Forum

Feb 16, 2016
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Choosing the best representative in local government can be a daunting task. A public forum with candidates can help identify where they all stand on the important issues. This is the goal of the Garden District Neighborhood Alliance according to Robert Eisenstadt and Kara Platt.

The Alliance is hosting a public forum including all of the candidates from Districts 1 and 3 of the Monroe City Council. The event is Thursday, February 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourne Hall at Grace Episcopal Church.

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The Monroe City Council has agreed to put a request to purchase out to bid for body cameras for the police department.

Police Chief Quentin Holmes has pursued adding the extra measure of accountability for his department.  The council's action allows Holmes to advertise for 170 cameras to be used by field personnel.  Total cost is expected to be around $84,000.

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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.  

Process Begins For City To Raise Minimum Wage

May 6, 2015
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The battle over the budget for the city of Monroe was dissolved with a deal.  The council agreed to the mayor's original proposal, with the promise of pursuing several items urged by the council.  At the top of the list, a plan to increase the minimum wage for city workers. 

In his State of the City address, Mayor Jamie Mayo noted it would a delicate discussion in delivering such a strategy.  "We have to be patient, and take a common sense approach to raising the wage scale," Mayo told the audience in his State Of The City address last week.

Contract Ordinance Seeks Contribution Disclosure

Feb 20, 2015
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Monroe City Council Chairman Ray Armstrong plans to bring a controversial measure back before the council next week. 

The revised ordinance seeks to require council approval of all professional contracts with the city of over $15,000 in a year.  The item now includes a requirement of those businesses contracting with the city to disclose political contributions made to any elected official of the city or any business relationship with that individual.

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  After pleas from Monroe city workers for the administration to reward them for their hard work, the city council has approved two items aimed at starting a conversation on an increase in the minimum wage for city employees.

The News-Star reports (http://tnsne.ws/1wZIYzT ) the two items are a resolution stating the city council supports an increase in the minimum wage to $10 an hour and the approval of a study that will compare pay scales and job descriptions of Monroe to similarly situated cities.