ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) – On Tuesday, Alexandria City Council concluded its second of two special committee meetings to discuss the proposed operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2021-2022.
During the first meeting on March 30thThe council focused on allocating more money to the Alexandria Police Department. They discussed taking funds from other areas and using them to hire more civil servants and allow them to raise their salaries
At the second meeting of the special committee, councilors said again that the money in the budget should be used in other areas. Funds were allocated in the submitted budget for repairs to the town hall, but councilors Cynthia Perry and Catherine Davidson said the funds must be used to support flood problems in the city.
“We know where these areas are, if a little rain falls, houses will flood. We need to fix these problems. We have to act and do something instead of just talking about it. “
Both said flooding was a major problem in District 2 and District 3, particularly in the Martin Park and Deerfield parishes. Homes in these areas have been supplied with water and there have been problems with backwater flooding during last year’s hurricanes. Councilor Perry said she saw nothing in the budget to fix the drainage problems and that is what she is working towards.
“I told my constituents that this would be my main problem and I will fight for it,” said Perry. “Nobody has walked through the water like me. To see these people’s homes for what they were, I just want some money on this budget. “
The city council talked about doing a city-wide study of ways to repair drainage as long as it didn’t take months for those results to become available again.
A public hearing will take place at the next Council meeting on April 20th before the vote on the adoption of the budget for the coming financial year.
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