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Council act as citizens to voice opinion; Name calling fair game

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LANCASTER- As early voting is underway and election day draws near, even council members are voicing their opinion’s as ordinary "citizens" on local ballot options.

During the Monday, Oct. 25 regular council meeting, the topic of interest for the second meeting in a row was the local option election for the sale of beer and wine for off premise consumption.

District 5 Councilman Clyde Hairston has cited one of the reasons him and his wife moved to Lancaster was because it was a "dry" city and is a huge opponent against getting the legal sale of alcohol for offsite consumption.

"A vote for off-premise consumption would allow you to purchase beer/wine in your neighborhood grocery while you shop, keeping all tax dollars in town," according to Vivian Chastain, chairperson for the group, It’s about OUR business, a political action committee "for" the local option to pass.

According to the handful of residents who spoke on the topic, a flier going around against the local option was found offensive to some.

District 2 Councilman Todd Love said he thinks the claims and references of South Dallas are unfair.

"I was a code inspector for Dallas and the problems are criminal homeless who are not policed by the city of Dallas adequately my opinion."

Randy Rostad went on to comment he is a 18 year resident transferred here,[ to Lancaster] stayed and retired.

"The sale of beer and wine is not a moral issue, it’s an economic issue," said Rostad.

District 1 Councilman Walter Weaver was outraged a member of the council would go to such great lengths to even threaten ones job at a local bank because they had "for" flyers in their place of business.

"Imagine my surprise and disgust, then, when I entered my bank to hear that an unidentified city council member had come into that place of business, a business that employs a dozen citizens, and, after looking at a political display, threatened the jobs of bank employees, used belligerent and bullying words and intimidated everyone by promising to bring TV cameras to expose constitutionally protected political free speech."

Weaver went on to say, "As a council, we have together taken the position that we want to be business friendly. In this economic climate, we have no choice but to protect the businesses and jobs that support Lancaster’s populace."

Hairston, with empty liquor bottles in tow, addressed the council he was finding these bottles in various parking lots around the city and was concerned about the safety of the youth.

"Let’s save our youth from this temptation, our city from this devastation,"said Hairston.

In other news, the council unanimously approved Gilles Delaisse to fill the position for the Historic Landmark Preservation Committee.

District 3 Councilman Marco Meja was out on vacation.

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