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EBR Metro Council approves River Center contract, discusses final stages of debris pickup

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

It was an eventful night for the East Baton Rouge Metro Council, which made some big decisions on Wednesday. 

First, the River Center will have a new name. It will now be known as the Raising Cane’s River Center.

The council approved the contract, and Mayor Kip Holden is expected to sign it Thursday. 

Raising Cane’s will pay nearly $4 million over the next 10 years for the sponsorship. 

Second, the council also discussed debris pickup. The Department of Environmental Quality said they are entering their final phase. 

The deadline to put debris on the curb is November 6. After that, crews will make their final pickups.

DEQ acknowledged that not all homes have gotten the same amount of passes. 

"Technically we're on the third pass, but that doesn't necessarily mean that every single household had three passes," said Adam Smith, interim director for Environmental Services. "It depends on what debris was there when the pass was made." 

The council also deleted an item from the agenda regarding seat belts. It would have increased the fines for a violation from $25 for a first offense to $50. 

The council elected not to address the issue. It may come up at a future meeting, but that discussion has not been scheduled.

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