Gretna City Council

The Gretna City Council has revamped rules for customers seeking to avoid disconnection of water service and created guidelines to help in hardship cases.

The Times-Picayune reports the revisions give residents 15 days after a second delinquent notice to pay bills or negotiate an arrangement with the water department to do so.

Councilman Vincent Cox says he worked with city administrators on the changes after a constituent, who had lost his job, was cut off from water service.

Three new businesses are setting up shop at Westside North Shopping Center in Gretna, which has been undergoing an $8 million expansion made possible by the city's acquisition of a street for the project.

The Times-Picayune reports Cavender's, a western wear store, Auto Zone and Planet Fitness will join other stores at shopping center, which splits the West Bank Expressway and is the city's big economic engine.

A federal appeals court has upheld a former Gretna city councilman's convictions and prison sentence for taking money in exchange for his support of zoning variances. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Jonathan Bolar's argument that a jury didn't hear enough evidence to support his extortion convictions.