Edgewood Town Hall gets heated

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By Pam Millican


An Edgewood town hall meeting turned into a lively discussion June 29 after the police chief got into a shouting match with residents and councilmembers and was asked to leave the building.

Edgewood Mayor Charles Prater called the town hall meeting to address several issues.

The primary topic concerned a new city ordinance that went into affect March 1 stating all vehicles – both residential and commercial – must be parked on improved surfaces such as concrete, asphalt or 3-inches of gravel.

That meant citizens could no longer park on grass or dirt in front of their homes.

Approximately 80 people attended the meeting.

Several of those in attendance had received letters from the city stating that they were not in compliance with the ordinance and would be subject to a fine of $500 if the situation was not corrected. Residents stated they were not aware of the new ordinance and expressed frustration over how the entire process was handled.

Prater said he took full responsibility for the situation and he apologized for the way the ordinance was implemented. He said next time there would be a town hall meeting before an ordinance is put in place to get feedback from citizens.

It was the city council’s intent, he said, to improve the look of the town and show that Edgewood residents had pride in their town because the city’s economic development board is trying to bring new business to the community.

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