Tuesday, March 1, the councilman hosted a city council meeting in Lynchburg to go over some possible zoning changes, a one cent sales tax increase and whether or not to license morticians in there city.
Much controversy was held over these three issues, though Councilman Harvey Haddix, Mayor Ray Sadecki stood calm while the meeting started. The first item of business is from the chairman of the Zoning Commission, Bobby Thompson, who met with local developer, Carl Erskine, with a request to move the cemetery one mile down the road and put a super market in its place. While some were for moving the cemetery, most who spoke after Thompson gave his speech were greatly against.
“This thing is going to destroy our neighborhood. It’s pretty quiet there now, but if you get this thing in there, it’s going to turn noisy.” Early Wynn said.
After all the speakers about the matter at hand, council voted 5–2 against the rezoning petition. Cheers raved through the place as most of the crowd filed out, leaving only 35 to 40 at the meeting.
Next in line comes the proposal by Wilma Rudolph to increase sales tax by one cent in order to save workers from being laid off. On her side was the city treasurer, Joe Black, who declares that the city could raise up to $400,000, meaning that no layoffs would have to be made, and there is a good possibility that the city could expand other services. After debating, city council voted in favor of the tax 5–2.
Last but not least was the proposal from councilman Mazeroski to license morticians in the city because the state gives them power to do so. “We’ve got more than 30 morticians in the city now, and assessing a fee from them would bring in a considerable amount of revenue.” Mazeroski said; however, much dispute comes from the audience. Don Blasingame speaks up on behalf of the morticians in the room saying that the city does not have to enforce this law and even if they did, the money would go to the state and not the city.
After hearing everything that was said, Harold Reece, the city attorney, said there was some question about this in the law, though Mazeroski did not want to wait for the state attorney general to give an opinion, asking for the vote to be taken then. After taking a poll, the vote was passed 6–1 and Mayor Sadecki adjourned the meeting.