Grambling City Council holds unexpected vote for infrastructure project

By William Midkiff

On the evening of Feb. 3, Grambling City Council held a meeting, during which an unexpected vote was passed regarding funding for a new infrastructure project for the city and the 2022 budget failed to pass for the second month in a row.

The meeting, which was closed to the public due to inclement weather, began with a report by Henry Schuler of Schuler Engineering.

Schuler’s report detailed a possible project for Grambling’s sewage system to be carried out by Schuler Engineering, and ended with a request for funding from the city.

The funding required was estimated by Schuler to be $100,000 to $110,000, which, as confirmed by Schuler, could be taken from the funds given to the city by the American Rescue Plan.

After the report was finished, Mayor Edward Jones requested to amend the meeting’s  agenda to include a vote for the approval of the funds for Schuler’s proposed project. The request was approved, and the council held a vote to determine if Schuler Engineering would receive the funding.

The vote passed unanimously.

The second and only other item up for vote at the meeting was an approval to adopt the city’s budget for 2022. This item was voted on during last month’s meeting, where it failed.

This month proved to be no different, as the item failed for a second time.

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