Shreveport dog park approved, but faces another hoop
Oct 9, 2012 08:37 PM CDT
Dog park advocates hold a 'Pup Rally' at Government Plaza in July.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
After months of delays, the Shreveport City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve a dog park.
In a contentious discussion that lasted for about an hour, council members went through a back-and-forth exchange with Mayor Cedric Glover, according to District F Councilman Joe Shyne.
Glover is expected to veto the measure, but Shyne tells dog park supporters not to worry.
"I don't mind him vetoing it. We're going to override it," Shyne says.
The approval authorizes the city to enter an agreement with the Red River Waterway District to build and maintain a dog park on city-owned land next to the Red River.
Funding for the park, a $280,000 project, has been approved by the Red River Waterway Commission.
A sticking point has been with Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, who has said multiple times that he thinks that the Waterway Commission money should go up elsewhere, such as putting up warning signs for swimmers along the Red River.
The council's 7-0 vote was an emphatic statement toward Glover, who sought to sway at least one council member to his side during the debate, recalls Shyne.
At one point, District B Council member Jeff Everson said that Glover was talking down to the members. Glover, who could not be reached for comment, said it was not his intention to belittle the council, Shyne says.
It is not known when Glover will veto the agreement, but Shyne says the council will take up the vetoed measure at its very next meeting.
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