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Ruston OKs controversial ordinance

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Alderman, residents: Board moved too fast

Ruston’s Board of Aldermen has approved an amended ordinance that restricts the authority of the city building official, but some residents and one alderman say the board moved too fast.

“They’ve let the citizens down,” Ruston resident Bob Flournoy said, following Monday night’s 4-1 vote adopting the updates to the ordinance that’s been on the books for more than 50 years. “The citizens are the ones who get shafted on this thing, and the businesspeople.”

“It was moving too fast,” Alderman Elmore Mayfield said. “This thing has been pretty well rammed down their throat.”

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