Caddo Parish enters water talks about Wells Island Road
Glover returns to his first City Council meeting in two months.
Police escort frustrated residents out of City Council chambers Monday.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
Caddo Parish officials have entered a dispute regarding a water shutoff involving residents along Wells Island Road.
The issue was first raised at Monday's Shreveport City Council meeting, the first to mark the return of Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, who is recovering from a fall that required surgery back in October.
At the council meeting, a couple of Wells Island Road residents walked out.
For Glover, who has had a presence at council meetings via conference call, Monday was the first time he's been able to attend since the accident.
"It's wonderful to get a chance to see faces again," Glover says.
Council member Rose Wilson-McCulloch said, "I was so excited about seeing him in person, to see that he's looking healthy, and he's still acting as mayor of the City of Shreveport. Nothing has really changed."
But not everything went smoothly during Glover's first day back at Government Plaza.
Several people who attended today's meeting were upset because the city turned off their water today.
"What the hell are you pushing me for?" asked Lorraine Craig as Shreveport Police escorted her out of Monday's city council work session after she got upset with Glover and the council.
Craig says that all she wants is for them to turn her water back on.
Craig and other residents on Wells Island Road had their water shut off Monday morning. Wells Island is in Caddo Parish, but residents there had been getting city water through a company called Analytical Logging, which fell behind on payments. So, the city turned off the company's water, and, in turn, shut off the water of the Wells Island Road customers.
Council members say that while the company can buy water for business use, the redistribution of that water to residents is illegal.
And they told those who came to the council meeting, hopeful for a solution that they will not turn their water back on right now.
"Right now, it's been recommended that we turn it over to emergency preparedness and allow them to offer some options as well as have the parish possibly consider bringing in a line that could actually provide services to the citizens that are now without water," McCullogh said.
While they didn't reach a solution on Monday, some council members hoped to find at least a short-term fix in the next few days.
On Tuesday, Caddo Parish stepped in.
Commissioner Michael Williams told KSLA News 12 that he disagrees with Glover and that the water should be turned back on until city, parish and state officials can come up with a long-term solution.
Eventually, the street could petition the city to annex it and connect them to the city's water system. City Council members say that would probably take at least until next year.