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Peculiar Alderman Turner storms out of board meeting

By Laurie Bassett-Edmonds

PECULIAR – Following the approval of a resolution Monday evening to recognize, support, and acknowledge Peculiar’s “Hidden Heroes” who are the caregivers of Peculiar’s Military and Veterans, Alderman Don Turner (the sole “nay” vote) exclaimed that it was fluff and stomped out in the middle of the meeting.

The resolution identified some steps that the city can take to increase awareness of the various challenges these caregivers face, to identify resources in the community, and to foster support among businesses and non-profits. It was approved in a 5-1 vote.

After Turner’s “nay,” Alderman Jared Borden incredulously asked, “Why?”

Turner stood up, muttered that it was fluff, and stomped out of the building at 6:45 p.m., 15 minutes after the start of the meeting which continued peacefully without him.

In other business, the second reading was approved on an ordinance calling for the April 7, 2020, Municipal Election and setting the filing dates for Dec. 16, 2019 to January 17, 2020. It was approved unanimously.

The first reading was approved on an ordinance to change the zoning of lot 8 in Spencer’s Addition from commercial to R-1 Single-Family. This was also approved in a 6-0 vote.

City Administrator Brad Ratliff gave his annual State of the City Report.

It is available in full on the city’s website or by watching the video of the meeting online.

The Police Department collected 78 pounds of prescription drugs at the Drug Take Back last month.

The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting will be held at Brierly Hall on Tuesday, December 3 beginning with Santa’s arrival at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30, the Ray-Pec Chamber Choir will sing.

The Tree Lighting will be at 6:45.


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