Fourth of July fireworks have started early for the City Council, Mayor Glover, the Dog Park Alliance and the general public. Today Shreveport Mayor Cedric B. Glover, through his attorneys, filed his appeal of the State Court ruling on the Dog Park. This action is in direct opposition to a unified Shreveport City Council which ordered the mayor to abide by Judge Leon Emanuel, III’s ruling and sign the documents which will allow the dog park to be built. (see Court filing)
Before the legal wrangling began, the mayor signed off on the location of the dog park in all original master plan sessions and before the council’s initial resolution. He further approved the location when he told the Dog Park Alliance that they should raise the money for a park at this location and inserted specifications for a much more expensive fence than originally indicated. However, since the Red River Waterway money made the dog park a reality, the mayor changed his mind. (filing expense record)
Glover’s press conferences, other public statements, and treatment of the City Council and Judge Emanuel indicate distain for democratic processes. First, the mayor asked for more time to explain why all these other parties were in error for determining that a riverfront dog park should be built. However, the City Council made it clear in repeated votes, including an override of the mayor’s veto, that the park as planned should be built. They also said that no additional funds should be used to pay for an appeal from the mayor. Then, Mayor Glover tried to file his appeal at the very last minute in hopes that the council would not find out before their Friday meeting.
The fact that a recreational park would be built with funds provided at no cost to city taxpayers, was never the issue. It is also clear that acceptance of Red River Waterway Funds intended for the construction of the Dog Park along the Clyde Fant Parkway is in accordance with long-standing city master planning. Finally, these and all other funds and donations can be used for nothing but the dog park. All of the mayor’s supposedly new exceptions to the park and his recent presentation to the council include only rehashed issues which were settled long ago in favor of the park.
Friday, June 21, at 10:30 AM the City Council has called a special meeting with the sole purpose of updating members and the public about the Mayor’s intentions and the legal moves of the mayor and his outside council. The fact that these attorneys are currently being paid by the city and therefore also represent the city council is a major sticking point with the council, because they have made it clear that NO additional money will be expended in the defense of the mayor’s actions. Stay tuned for further notices as this develops.
The mayor signed off on the location of the dog park in all original master plan sessions and before the council’s initial resolution. He further approved the location when he told the Dog Park Alliance that they should raise the money for a park at this location and inserted specifications for a much more expensive fence than originally indicated.