Mayor's attorneys file dog park appeal - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Mayor's attorneys file dog park appeal

Posted: Updated: Aug 29, 2013 06:43 PM CDT
Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover
  • KSLA News 12 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Vision for South Bossier City's future unveiled by planning firm

    Friday, August 1 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-08-01 04:05:06 GMT
    South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.South Bossier Residents listen to presentation.
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
    Leaders and planning consultants held their final public meeting Thursday about transforming a 10-street block area from the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge to just past the Century Link Center.More >>
  • Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Shreveport NICU sees more twins than ever

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:37:17 GMT
    The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.The Pearce twins are one of nine sets of twins at University Health Shreveport right now.
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
    These babies are one set of nine sets of twins being cared for at the Neo-natal intensive care unit at University Health in Shreveport right now.More >>
  • Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Grade changing allegations surface at BTW

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:05 GMT
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
    Caddo Parish Public Schools officials are investigating allegations that student grades were changed at Shreveport's Booker T. Washington New Tech High School.More >>
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Even before a Caddo Parish district court judge makes a final ruling on the future of a proposed dog park in Shreveport, attorneys for Mayor Cedric Glover have turned to an appeals court for help. And it turns out, it's the judge who urged those attorneys to do so.

"The original petition to start a dog park in Shreveport came out at the beginning of 2007," reflected Cynthia Keith. She's the Director of the Dog Park Alliance. But now six and a half years later, the issue of that dog park makes its way through the court system.

Back in May, Caddo District Judge Leon Emanuel ordered Mayor Glover to sign an agreement with the Red River Waterway Commission that would allow the city to accept $280,000 dollars in commission funds to build the dog park at Hamel Memorial Park along the Red River.

"We feel we're on the right side of the law. And that's why we're pursuing this. And basically, it doesn't come down to a dog park or no dog park, you know. The court case is about the mayor doing his job," said Keith.

The judge's order is exactly what a Shreveport City Council resolution also directed Mayor Glover to do, over-riding his veto of the dog park.

Mayor Glover's lead attorney on the dog park case, Ronald Lattier, did not return our calls for comment regarding this latest court filing. But in a Motion for Stay before the Second Circuit Court of Appeal, it states the dog park agreement was quote, "not within the city's best interests" and later states quote, "the mayor is of the opinion that he has discretion as the executive officer chosen by the citizens of the city of Shreveport relative to matters of this nature."

It was Judge Emanuel who filed a communication with the court, urging Glover's attorneys to file that appeal because quote, "this court is not inclined to grant a stay."

If or when Mayor Glover ever signs on the bottom line, Cynthia Keith tells us, everything is ready to turn that five acre portion in the northern part of Hamel Park into a great dog park. "It's perfect, you know. All we're waiting on is a signature. It's been funded. It's ready to go."

If the appeals court does not stop the process, Judge Emanuel has offered either August 22 or 28 for the next hearing, where he could make a ruling.

Copyright 2013 KSLA. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow