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Some frustrated over Port Allen mayor's inaction

Some frustrated over Port Allen mayor's inaction

PORT ALLEN (WBRZ) - Some residents in Port Allen are frustrated over eyesores that are beginning to build up in their neighborhoods.

According to city leaders, at least seven blighted properties in Port Allen are in various states of decomposition, because the city can't press forward with demolition due to legal concerns.

Nearly four months ago, City Attorney Victor Woods called it quits. Since his departure, Mayor Deedy Slaughter has not recommended an attorney to fill his spot.

"I am concerned with it affecting property values of our properties," one resident told News 2. "People live here and have to look at it everyday."

News 2 learned one house located on Third Street was condemned back in March. However, the proper paperwork to demolish it was not filled out before Woods left. Because of that, the house continued to rot at that location ever since Woods quit.

"There are a lot of things that are going unanswered and without legal representation it's not a good situation," Councilman Garry Hubble said.

News 2 reached out to Mayor Deedy Slaughter, but she did not return phone calls or a text message. She ran from our cameras Friday when we tried to ask her about Governor Bobby Jindal calling a recall election on November 16.

"I think she needs to take the time to appoint a city attorney," one resident on Third Street said. "If that's what it takes to get these things taken care of, it's part of her job."

As blight continues to build up, so does the outrage in the community.

"I think it's sad that something so simple that could be taken care of easily is not being taken care of, and it's affecting everybody who lives right here," one neighbor said.

The mayor has been the subject of numerous News 2 investigations since February. Our investigations have highlighted possible wrongdoing which include: giving herself a $20,000 pay raise, taking a trip to Washington D.C. without any records of conducting city business, hiring her brother-in-law as her chief of staff, possibly violating a judge's order by locking CFO Audrey McCain out of city bank accounts, and issuing checks without two signatures.

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