City Council landed on a 5–2 vote against a rezoning petition of moving a cemetery on Forbes Street to provide the space for a local supermarket Tuesday February 29.
Local developer Carl Erskine requested to have the cemetery relocated to Peaceful Rest Cemetery in order to use the space for a local supermarket. The report was filed to the Metropolitan Zoning Commission. While two citizens were for rezoning, the overall consensus of the 20 people who spoke were against the request.
“I can promise you that we will mount a campaign to recall any council member who votes for this thing,” Walt Dropo, president of Forbes Street Residents Association said.
The closing of the rezoning petition was followed by a one-cent sales tax proposition by councilwoman Wilma Rudolph. This tax is said to raise $400,000 for the city in the next year and terminate laying off workers. An estimated $75 extra a year per family would be the result of this one-cent sales tax.
Despite Mayor Sadecki believing the people are already taxed too greatly, the majority of the council disagreed which resulted in a 5–2 vote in favor of the tax.
The final proposition was from councilman Mazeroski regarding the licensing of morticians within the city. The bill would require a $150 fee per mortuary every year and suggested that it would bring in revenue for the city.
“I believe that if the city did this, it would just have to turn the money over to the state,” Don Blasingame of Blasingame Mortuary said. When questions arose concerning its place in the law, the motion was raised to table the proposal and ended in a 6–1 vote.
Wednesday, March 2 City Council voted on the proposed one-cent sales tax to build up the city’s financial condition that would raise close to $400,000 next year resulting in a 5–2 vote in favor of the tax.