BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwomen said they intend to place back on the council's agenda the proposed $6 million buyout plan for Scotlandville residents living next to a foul-smelling sewage treatment plant.

The proposed deal to relocate 44 Scotlandville families and build a buffer zone around the plant failed to muster the seven votes required for approval following an emotional debate at the council's final meeting of the year Dec. 12.

Councilwoman Tara Wicker, whose district was redrawn this year to include parts of Scotlandville, says she still believes the buyout proposal is the best option for the residents.

Wicker and Chauna Banks-Daniel have placed the item on the Jan. 9 council agenda, the first meeting of the new council.