“The Shreveport City Council still isn’t biting on Mayor Cedric Glover’s dog park stance,” headline from the Shreveport Times. Our question is: “will the mayor continue biting the dogs?” It’s almost an issue that any citizen, especially the judge who will determine the fate in Tuesday’s Caddo hearing, would question the motivation of a city administrator who absolutely refuses to abide by the unanimous will of the City Council, the Red River Waterway Commission and the devoted dog-loving community who continue to express their desire for the park along Clyde Fant Parkway to honor the Hamel family and others who see the many values in the park concept.
Can the strong-willed mayor put his personal and professional reputation, as well as his own money behind his conviction? The City Council has determined it will not support legal fees to defend the mayor’s stance/ This alone may determine the mayor’s path of least resistance. However, the mayor may have more important issues nipping at his heels from the dogs and their benefactors.
Stay tunes Tuesday for the results from the courtroom, and see if the mayor continues to ride on his high horse. We’re certainly hoping that the mayor understands his responsibilities to the citizens and even , in his own mind, bend a little toward the will of the vocal majority. Mayor, this is not a hard decision, and could certainly be painful.