Metro Council looking at traffic vs. crime
Some Members rethink BR's money plan
BATON ROUGE, La (WGMB) - The recent rash of shootings has forced some members of the Metro Council to rethink where the city is spending money.
$900,000 is set aside to turn St Louis and St Ferdinand Streets into two-lane roads.
Now - Councilman Mike Walker wants to take that money to help fight crime. Walker, along with several council members want to give $700,000 to the Police Department to step up patrols - and $200,000 to the District Attorney's Office.
Those opposed to the move say two-lane roads downtown would build up the area and also keep the criminals out. The council will take about the $900,000 dollars Wednesday. Even if the Council approves the move there could be a roadblock ahead. Mayor Kip Holden has to approve moving the money. We tried to get a comment - he was unavailable.