- Associated Press - Sunday, June 15, 2014

WESTWEGO, La. (AP) - City officials in Westwego are still grappling with plans for a new city hall.

Mayor Johnny Shaddinger told the City Council this past week that officials have not decided how to whittle down the cost since learning last month that the lowest of five bids was $500,000 higher than the city has available for the project.

Nola.comThe Times-Picayune reported (https://bit.ly/SveI1T) city officials have considered modifying the plantation-like design they envision for the new hub of municipal government.

Using funding supplied by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the city plans to construct the new building at Fourth Street and Central Avenue.

The City Council is expected to meet later this month to decide which design elements will be removed in a move to cut costs for the project though no date has been set for the meeting.

The Jefferson Parish city has for about two decades sought to build a new city hall, to replace its aged and flood-prone building on Avenue A.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, https://www.nola.com

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