BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — EBR Metro Councilman Dwight Hudson says the rest of the public meetings on the proposed stormwater utility fee are canceled.

Hudson clarifies that a public hearing and vote are still planned for Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

“There is no mechanism to remove the item from the agenda as the Mayor requested,” Hudson said. “While I do expect that the proposal will be deleted at that time it is important for you to know that there is still an opportunity for you to have your voice heard prior to a vote.”

Canceled meetings include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd
  • Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Fairwood Branch Library, 12910 Old Hammond Hwy.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Jones Creek Regional Branch Library, 6222 Jones Creek

On Tuesday, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome asked the city council to remove the stormwater utility fee from next week’s agenda after commotion brewed over a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). Broome claims she was misinformed.

Confusion sparked when Congressman Garret Graves said he learned in a phone call with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials that there was no NDA between the city and the federal government. The mayor’s office responded with two statements Tuesday evening to clear up confusion.