Recap of August Harahan City Council Meeting
PASSED: Huete’s ordinance to allow any councilman to place items on the agenda for regular and special meetings passed 4 to zero. Councilman Benton was absent. Baudier, Huete, Johnston and Wheeler all voted to pass the ordinance.
This ordinance greatly minimizes the transparency of the council, undermines the powers of the mayor and possibly violates the Lawrason Act. After touting repeatedly their desire for transparency, it seems Johnston, Wheeler, Baudier and Huete are only interested in the mayor’s transparency, not their own. The mayor asked the council to defer the vote until the La. Attorney General provided an opinion as to the legality of the ordinance. The council refused to delay. Councilman Benton, absent from the meeting, had a statement read in which she adamantly spoke against this ordinance.
PASSED: Baudier’s ordinance giving the council paid health insurance benefits passed 3 to 1. Baudier, Huete and Wheeler voted yes and Johnston voted no. This provides an approximate 50% increase in compensation.
VETOED: On Friday, August 28, Mayor Miceli vetoed the insurance ordinance. She will need 2 votes from the council to uphold her veto and therefore, override the passage of the ordinance. Some citizens have expressed concern that the 2 votes necessary may not be gotten because Councilman Johnston has said that he would not take the insurance this term if it passes but would consider taking it the next term if he is re-elected. Councilman Benton has stated she would support the Mayor’s veto.
Please contact Councilman Johnston and express your concerns.
The meeting was again well attended by residents. Many spoke passionately and eloquently regarding both issues up for vote. Their voices were not heard and the council ignored their pleas to vote against both ordinances. If ignoring constituents was not enough, Mr. Baudier felt compelled once again to insult and belittle concerned residents for coming to the meeting to express their views on the issues relating to city business and their interests.
COUNCIL CONTACT INFO:
TimBaudier 504-343-7762 Tim.Baudier@ci.harahan.la.us
Susan Benton 504-415-2497 Susan.Benton@ci.harahan.la.us
Dana Huete 504-250-7051 Dana.email@example.com
Craig Johnston 504-259-5763 Craig.firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Wheeler 504-450-5484 Carrie.Wheeler@ci.harahan.la.us