Monroe City Council

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Although the holidays are over, the season of giving does not stop after December. Not for the city of Monroe, Louisiana, anyway.  Mayor Jaime Mayo and the Monroe City Council has created a way to continually give back to the community throughout the year starting with two community service projects for the month of January.

Monroe Annual Christmas Tree Lighting This Weekend

Nov 14, 2017
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The public is invited to come celebrate the annual lighting ceremony of Monroe's Christmas tree this Saturday, November 18. The ceremony will be at the Monroe Civic Center Plaza starting at 6 p.m.

Cookies and hot drinks will be provided to the public and also Santa Claus will be riding through after the lighting of the tree and he will be giving away candy to kids. There will be live music performed by J.S. Clark Elementary Choir.

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Tuesday night a proposal heads to the Monroe City Council that could result in a 50% price hike for Monroe transit system riders.

Due to budget concerns many routes were scheduled for closure or reduced service. After a public forum many riders say they would pay more to keep the service.

An adult fare will go from $1.00 to $1.50 and the day pass will increase from $2.50 to $3.75. 

Pamela Denmon, USFWS

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. /

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
Garden District Neighborhood Alliance

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.

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.

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.