SOME COLOR IS RETURNING TO THE LAFAYETTE CITY CEMETARY, AS FAMILIES REPLACE DECORATIONS REMOVED BY CITY CREWS IN NOVEMBER.

FLOWERS, FLAGS AND EVEN CHRISTMAS TREES WERE SPOTTED AMONG THE MONUMENTS THIS WEEK… AND CITY MANAGER JOHNNY ARNOLD SAID ABOUT 30 PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THE CITY’S REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM SO FAR.  CALLING THE COMPLETE REMOVAL OF ALL FLOWERS FROM THE CEMETARY "A MISTAKE"… THE CITY COUNCIL MET WITH AN ANGRY CROWD ON NOVEMBER 19th.  THAT NIGHT, THE COUNCIL PASSED A MOTION TO PAY FOR NEW FLOWERS FOR ANY AND ALL GRAVES IN THE CEMETARY.  A RECEIPT FOR THE NEWLY-PURCHASED FLOWERS MUST BE PRESENTED AT CITY HALL, IN THE APPLICATION FOR REIMBURSEMENT.

IN ADDITION, MAYOR NEAL FLORENCE SAID THAT A NEW COMMITTEE WILL BE APPOINTED TO STUDY ANY CHANGES THAT MAY BE NEEDED IN THE 30-YEAR OLD RULES, REGULATING DECORATIONS ALLOWED AT THE CITY-OWNED CEMETARY.

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