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Jul 10, 2013 9:48 AM by AP

Lawsuit against beautification plan dismissed

KENNER, La. (AP) - Mayor Mike Yenni's $47 million plan to beautify Kenner thoroughfares and retire old debt appears set to move forward again.

A state judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the financing mechanism, and the city council is set to vote Thursday on borrowing the money for the work.

Yenni proposed the plan to create bicycle paths, improve lighting and install public art at 10 locations. It didn't require an increase in taxes or a vote by the public, and the council approved borrowing the money via a bond issue.

The group, Citizens for a Better Kenner, sued the city saying the Kenner charter and state Bond Commission rules require approval by a majority of voters before the bonds may be sold.

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