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Mayor Cedric Glover is asking the City Council to rescind Tuesday’s vote to proceed with a minimal street-repair plan in exchange for a more expansive street strategy and a request to boost the reserve fund at least to a 2011 level.
The Mayor sent a letter to councilmembers this afternoon, asking them to reconsider Tuesday’s vote to proceed with an asphalt-only road program to be paid for with $10 million from the streets revenue fund.
The letter highlights the opportunity to address two challenges – the need to strengthen the city’s reserve fund and the need to address the continuing deterioration of Shreveport’s infrastructure.
At Monday’s Infrastructure Committee meeting, Mayor Glover stressed the need to leverage dollars from the street revenue fund in order to do more work across the city. The plan approved by the council addresses several asphalt streets but largely ignores major thoroughfares like Linwood Avenue, Jewella Avenue, Hollywood Avenue and Kings Highway, which mostly need concrete repairs.
That committee also heard the Mayor make a strong case for doing work that will have a positive economic impact, such as making improvements near LSU Health Science Center and Clyde Fant Parkway near the Red River District, which the city now owns.
``Repairing our streets is one of the major issue of our time and it won’t go away simply because some want a quick fix’’ Glover said. ``I’m prepared to make every effort to develop a strategy that takes a more comprehensive approach, does more and results in the greatest impact possible.’’