- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council will not to set a deadline for the commission studying possible changes to the parish charter.

Councilman Nicky Muscarello said on Monday that if the council receives the proposed changes by May 27, any proposed changes could be put before the voters on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Any changes to the charter must be approved by a majority of the voters in the parish. Last year, the council created a commission to study the charter and recommend changes. The commission is chaired by Tony Licciardi who formerly served eight years on the Hammond City Council.

Councilman Lionel Wells told the Advocate (https://bit.ly/1dKFzu7 ) he did not favor setting a deadline for the commission because all councilmen had agreed when the commission was created that there would be no interference or instructions from the council.

“It seems to me that if we put a deadline on the commission then we are doing exactly what we said we wouldn’t do, interfere with the work,” Wells said. “I think we should give the commission as much time as possible .this is very important and I think we should get it right.”

Muscarello said he had discussed the deadline with Licciardi and that it was his opinion that the commission wanted a deadline so they would have a time frame with which to work. Muscarello said he was not against killing the resolution because he wanted to discuss it with commission members.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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