Lawrenceburg City Council Meeting Results

MEMBERS OF THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COUNCIL MET WEDNESDAY AND DISCUSSED SEVERAL ITEMS OF BUSINESS. COUNCILMEN APPROVED ON FIRST READING AN ORDINANCE AMENDING PERSONNEL RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING HEALTH CARE COVERAGE FOR CITY WORKERS. AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND THE RULES OF PAY RATES FOR EMPLOYEES WORKING OUT OF CLASSIFICATION WAS TABLED TO ALLOW FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION. RESOLUTIONS ALLOWING THE CITY TO APPLY FOR 450 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS AND TO APPLY FOR 18,500 DOLLARS IN GRANT MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS AT THE POLICE FIRING RANGE WERE APPROVED. THE COUNCIL ALSO PUT FORTH A RESOLUTION TO ENTER INTO AN AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE A NEW PUMPER TRUCK FOR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WITH CAPITAL OUTLAY NOTES. FAMILY ASKS FOR PARK CLOSING FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS SPOKE TO THE LAWRENCEBURG CITY COMMISSION WEDNESDAY MORNING AGAINST REOPENING SIMMS STREET MINI-PARK AFTER THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A TEEN AT THE LOCATION. THE MOTHERS OF THE VICTIM, 19 YEAR OLD JOSHUA SMITH AND THE ACCUSED SHOOTER 18 YEAR OLD TRISTON BUSH BOTH ADDRESSED THE COUNCIL. SMITH WAS KILLED AUGUST 31ST DURING WHAT HAS BEEN REPORTED BY AUTHORITIES AS A DRUG RELATED DISPUTE. MAYOR KEITH DURHAM HAD ASKED THAT THE PARK BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE INCIDENT BUT AFTER COMMUNITY MEMBERS OBJECTED, THE CITY AGREED TO RENOVATE AND REOPEN THE PARK. THE FAMILY ASKED THE COUNCIL TO SCRAP PLANS TO REOPEN THE PARK CALLING IT A DANGER TO OTHER CHILDREN. CITING THE FISCAL BURDEN OF PURCHASING NEW EQUIPMENT AND CONTINUED MAINTENANCE AND THE EMOTIONAL BURDEN OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE MURDER, THE SPEAKERS ASKED THE CITY TO CONSIDER CLOSING THE PARK PERMANENTLY. COUNCIL MEMBERS EXPRESSED THEIR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILIES BUT TOOK NO ACTION ON THE MATTER.

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