Attorney asked to look into city's solicitation ordinance

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 08:17 PM.

“Ultimately, we made the decision we did to keep the city from being sued,” Crews said. “They were hiding behind federal laws to do what they were doing.”

“I contacted our attorney and asked her to look into it,” Miner said. City Attorney Michelle Taggart said she was researching the situation for the city.

“When she finds out what can be done, I think we should bring this ordinance back to the council and fix it,” said Councilman Kevin Russell.

Councilman Reed said he saw one person write a check to the LaRouche people for $200. He asked for a copy of the membership form that Mathis was having donors complete, but was refused a copy.

“I was there for about two hours, and every time they got a donor, he would fold that form up and put it in his hip pocket, then he would put the check in his front pocket,” Reed said. “Then they would laugh about it.”

“I just want the people of Chipley to know that this council does not support anyone degrading the President of the United States,” said Mayor Linda Cain.

“I think it’s time the council looks at the laws of the city,” Council Member Karen Rustin said. “If we’re going to write ordinances, we need to have the teeth in them to back them up.”

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