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|Ferriday mayor Vegas-bound for beauty pageant|
Thanks to two aldermen, Ferriday taxpayers will foot the bill for Mayor Gene Allen's plane ride to Las Vegas, Nev., next month for a beauty pageant.
One of the three aldermen present at a special meeting Tuesday -- Jerome Harris -- said the vote on the matter was a "set up." He voted against the motion to fly Allen to the Miss Black USA Pageant to be held June 23 at The Orleans Hotel & Casino.
Two weeks ago, a motion to send Allen to Vegas for the pageant died for a lack of a second. But during at the meeting Tuesday -- with only three of the five aldermen present -- Johnnie Brown seconded Gloria Lloyd's motion to pay for Allen's roundtrip plane fare to Vegas and back. Allen said the roundtrip ticket would cost about $300.
Aldermen Glenn Henderson and Robin Charpentier did not attend the special meeting.
Lloyd's daughter, Tiffany Lloyd, is a contestant in the pageant representing Louisiana. Brown was absent from the May 13th regular Ferriday Council meeting when Lloyd's motion to send Allen to the pageant died for the lack of a second.
Harris walked out the side door of the meeting Tuesday following the vote with three items still on the agenda.
"I don't like being set up and I knew something was wrong when I walked in," Harris said. "I walked out of the meeting because I am here to serve the people of Ferriday and I just didn't think that was right the way it was handled."
Allen's four-year term as mayor ends on June 30th. He was defeated by former Mayor Glenn McGlothin in March. McGlothin takes office July 1st.
Allen said at the special meeting that Harris had asked for the Vegas matter to be placed back on the agenda, but Harris said that wasn't so.
The meeting was almost cancelled at the outset because of a lack of a quorum before Brown showed up around 12:15 p.m.
Aldermen receive $100 for special meetings.
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