Exercise 6.2

Who? City council and Mayor Sadecki

What? city council meeting to discuss 1) moving a cemetery to build a supermarket, 2) a new one-cent sales tax, and 3) morticians license

When? Monday night

Where? Lynchburg city hall

The Lynchburg City Council meeting voted down a hotly debated request to move a cemetery in town for the sake of building a new supermarket.

The Metropolitan Zoning Company proposed a report at the council meeting on Monday that asked for the council to consider the requested moving of the cemetery. The vote ultimately fell against the request in a 5–2 vote by the council.

Carl Erskine, a local developer, spoke at the meeting in favor of the request. “I think rezoning will be good for the neighborhood and good for the city,” said Erskine. Erskine would be developer to move the cemetery, saying he would pay for the full cost of moving the graves in order to build the supermarket.

Although Erskine argued for the supermarket on the basis that there was no other supermarket within another mile and a half of the town, the council vehemently disagreed with Erskine’s proposal. This was displayed loud in clear after an hour of speaking from twenty different citizens with only two agreeing with the rezoning proposal.

“If you get this thing in there, it’s going to turn noisy,” said Early Wynn.

Wynn and many other citizens vocalized concerns such as noise levels, conserving the grave sites, and traffic patterns. One citizen even, Walt Dropo, even went as far to say that citizens would do all they could to recall any council members which voted in favor of the rezoning proposal.

There were, however, a few supports of the proposal. Harry Walker advocated for the proposal in the name of progress. “We’ve got lots of people who have trouble getting around,” Walker said. Walker, however, was surely in the majority and lost the battle for the proposal.

The Lynchburg City Council met on Wednesday night and voted in a proposed one-cent sales tax in order to better the city’s financial situation, which has been struggling for quite some time.

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