Issues face Council

Friday, May 6, 2011

On the night Lewisburg councilmen are to finalize changes to cemetery rules on grave decorations, the council is set to hear again from a group with the acronym LASA.

Lewisburg Animal Shelter Adoption leaders and friends agreed to return to City Hall with more information since their last appearance at the forum to advocate improvements at the shelter.

"They saw some things they wanted to improve," City Manager David Orr said Thursday. "They mentioned to me adding onto the building. I think they wanted an extension of a roof."

The council meeting starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 131 East Church St.

Council's chamber on the second floor has been the scene of two crowds counted at 80 people or more during hearings on grave decoration rules. Cemetery maintenance is one part of the issue. Some uniformity and various tastes on decorum in a graveyard are in contrast with individuals' right to grieve in their own way and leave tributes and mementoes for their lost loved ones.

Recently re-elected Councilman Robin Minor has championed changes proposed to rules unanimously adopted last year as presented by Councilman Ronald McRady, chairman of the Cemetery Board.

McRady has predicted there will be another 3-2 vote for modification of rules that led to removal of stone angels and other statuary, among other decorations, by county jail trusties used for the job as a cost savings method.

Passionate statements from the public on cemetery rules and strong feelings for cats' and dogs' welfare might attract more attention Tuesday night when the council is to consider technically complicated financial issues such as: the annual budget to be adopted by July 1; finding a suitable successor for City Treasurer Connie Edde; and economic conditions as reported by Industrial Development Director Greg Lowe. Budget and personnel workshops are to be scheduled and the Industrial Development Board is to meet at noon on Monday.

Meanwhile, Orr was uncertain on whether LASA spokesmen would discuss an issue raised by outgoing Councilman Quinn Brandon Stewart - cats.

"It's hard to control cats," Orr said dryly when discussing the council's agenda. "Ninety percent of dogs will come to you. Cats are smaller and can run under a house and hide."

Asked if there's an over abundance of cats, Orr replied, "I don't think so, but it's in the eye of the beholder... and really the animal shelter isn't a shelter for cats."

If a cat is caught, he said, one solution has been to make the felines available to people who are willing to take them as a mouser for their barn.