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October 11, 2012

foes rally against LHD


Numerous speakers at the council meeting Monday night said that their key concern is that the LHD would be an invasion of the rights of property owners.

If appearances at the past two council meetings have indicated a continued difference of opinion, the lawn signs that appear on homes on High Street and other areas appear to confirm that disagreement is still present.

Several months ago Mayor Donna Holaday asked that both sides take down their signs. The leaders of the pro-LHD side complied.

But numerous pro-LHD placards have reappeared on lawns on recent days, suggesting that proponents realize that the battle is still ongoing.

Most of those opposing the LHD did not take down their signs.

Making the decision on the LHD will be the City Council, and a super-majority of eight votes is necessary for the measure to pass. City officials say several more hearings will take place before a final vote can be taken.

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