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WESTLAKE — Traffic studies, flow meters, and new hires for the police department were on the regular agenda at the Westlake City Council Monday night.

Though Mayor Bob Hardey expressed skepticism the state's department of transportation would acquiesce, the council passed a resolution requesting the La. DOTD "review traffic on Sampson St. and Westwood Road" and install a turn light at McKinley and red lights at Westwood and National and Sampson and Mulberry. Hardey said, "It can't hurt to ask. All they can do is say no."

The council also approved a resolution contracting with Meyer and Associates for their service in overseeing installation of three flow meters to monitor the volume of wastewater being sent to Sulphur for treatment. The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is paying for the meters. "We're putting in these three meters in three spots to really know what kind of sewer we're sending to Sulphur," said Hardey. "I think it's the right thing to do. I want to be upfront with Mayor Mike Danahay and the City of Sulphur. That's our unit out there as much as theirs and, we want to protect it."

At the request of Police Chief Chris Wilrye, the council approved the hiring of Peavey Santiago Carreras and Colleen Stringer as full-time police officers.

In other news:

• The Council approved a change order allowing for the installation of a door in the golf club maintenance facility that will allow equipment to be brought indoors for repairs. Without it, Hardey said employees would have to disassemble the equipment and walk it around the building to the front.

• The council selected the Lake Charles American Press as its official journal.

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