Posted: Feb 3, 2012 9:44 AM by AP
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport City Council member says the city is closer to tackling a backlog of some $87 million in street repairs.
Council Chairman Sam Jenkins said he plans to introduce an ordinance next week to proceed with spending $21 million designated for street repairs from an April bond issue.
Jenkins also proposes that street funds accrued from the increase of a utility company franchise fee last year be held until the city's pavement management system is in place, which should be early fall.
In October, Mayor Cedric Glover asked for a $94 million bond issue that would have been funded by the franchise fee.
The Times reports the council voted the request down 5-2, opting to fund street issues with a pay-as-you-go plan.