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Citywide street work to start in coming months

Last Modified: Monday, March 24, 2014 12:51 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

I live on East Walton Street, down the street from Brentwood Park. The road is so degraded that our children cannot ride their bikes safely.

They trip in the potholes walking down the street. Our cars rattle and we can barely drive 10 mph down the street. You have to drive down the center of the road.

We have as a neighborhood been asking for help from our city councilman, Dana Jackson, for three years. We get a standard answer of it has to be written into the budget or construction will be starting soon. What are the plans for the streets in the area, and when will work begin?

City Administrator John Cardone said East Walton and several nearby streets will be refurbished this year as part of a “citywide asphalt overlay package.”

The work will include manhole and storm drain adjustments, shoulder grading and driveway ramps, he said.

Among the streets to be worked on:

West Walton Street, from Illinois Street to South Walton Street.

Briarfield Street, from Illinois Street to the dead end.

South Walton Street, from West Walton Street to East Walton Street.

East Walton Street, from Illinois Street to South Walton Street.

Fourden Lane, from Illinois Street to South Walton Street.

Brentwood Street, from Illinois Street to the dead end.

The city and the contractor are working on the construction contracts, and the notice to proceed should be issued by May 1, Cardone said.

The contract sets construction at 70 working days, so the full citywide package should be done by September, he said.


EWE allowed to run for seat in Congress

How can Edwin Edwards run for public office? I thought once you’re a convicted felon you couldn’t run for public office.

Louisiana and other states have laws that bar felons from running for state and local offices, but no federal law bars people convicted of felonies from running for Congress.

The U.S. Constitution sets age, citizenship and inhabitancy requirements for members of the House and Senate, and the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that neither Congress nor the states may add to them.

Under Article I of the Constitution, one must be at least 25 and be a seven-year citizen of the U.S. to be a representative; to be a senator, one must be at least 30 and have nine years’ citizenship. Additionally, members of both houses must “when elected, be an inhabitant of the State” they were chosen to represent.

“Since the United States Constitution sets out the only three qualifications for congressional office (age, citizenship and inhabitancy), the conviction of a crime which constitutes a felony, can not constitutionally ‘disqualify’ one from being a Member of Congress (unless that conviction is for certain treasonous conduct after having taken an oath of office),” reads a 2002 Congressional Research Service report.

“Furthermore, since a State does not have the authority to add qualifications for federal offices, the fact of conviction, even for a felony offense, could not be used to keep a candidate off of the ballot under State law either as a direct disqualification of convicted felons from holding or being a candidate for office, or as a disqualification of one who is no longer a ‘qualified elector’ in the State.”


The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email

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