Council Votes on Policies

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

Council members passed an order placing a moratorium on creation of any new adult entertainment establishments. There was also a debate about changing the city's rules on sexual harassment in the work place.

People who feel they have been harassed would not be punished for not reporting it. People who witnessed a case of harassment and did not report it, would be.

Ward 1 councilman Dr. George Thomas questioned the change with a hypothetical situation in which city council president Barbara Henson harassed him.

"She harasses me in the work place and I decide I don't want to report it. No problem. If Mrs. Perry sees her harass me or hears her harass me, she's going to be punished for not reporting. That makes no sense," said Thomas.

The order passed 4 to 1.

Then police Chief Benny Dubose told the council he wants to hire two additional police officers for full-time duty at city hall.

"I don't know whether you are familiar with some of the incidents that occurred over there, but we've had some close calls," said Dubose. "I think the mayor was visited once by a gentleman carrying a Louisville Slugger who wanted to discuss some issues."

Chief Dubose said other employees have been threatened, including water department by people angry about the size of their bill. The request was approved.

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