La Grange residents discuss city issues

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By The Staff

About 20 La Grange residents participated in the Mayor’s Caucus at the James T. Beaumont Community Center June 15. Mayor Elsie Carter organized the session and residents voiced their concerns and broke into groups to discuss such issues as the historical district, the CSX train, the community center’s sign and the skate park.


Historical district

“I’m not opposed to the historical preservation...If historical preservation is a priority, we should spread that among all the taxpayers and not just a few. The historical commission should be looking for things to do and not cut down historical preservation but to change the emphasis in how we handle it.”

- David Voegele

“I love your idea of the city putting a bunch of money into a pot, but the properties you have mentioned are not owner-occupied buildings. They are rental properties.”

- Bill Lammlein, in response to Voegele


Community center’s sign

“Government has nothing. They only have what the people will allow them to have. As long as you have government and commissions running our lives, the less freedom you have. That sign’s not bad. Tone the light down or tone the historical commission down.”

- Richard Morris

“This sign looks fine. For that to be a sticking point for the sign to be appropriate....Everybody on that (historical district) commission should live in the city of La Grange.”

- John Black

Skate park   “How much does the skate park cost, Elsie, $35,000? You said $35,000 is about what it costs and you have $125,000 worth of equipment? That doesn’t add up. Oh mayor, mayor.”   - Council member Jean Knight   “The skate park can be a huge economic boost for the town. You have something of a draw. Do something so that these kids will have something to do that is positive for themselves.”   - Barbara Edds   Railroad tracks through the city   “We’ve got a serious problem here. Forget about the historical district and the sign; this railroad quiet zone issue with horns blaring will empty the downtown. If we don’t keep the quiet zone, I believe all historical significance of La Grange will be gone. We’re going to close second street and when it’s closed it’s closed forever. If we don’t close it, we lose our quiet zone. It’s a catch-22 folks. We’re in a situation right now that we lose in any direction we go.”   - Tom Cox     Agree? Disagree? Weigh in on the issues at: www.oldhamera.com/conversation