Friday, January 14, 2000

Ludlow citizens demand cease-fire

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LUDLOW — Through prayer, petitions and a citizens bill of rights, residents called Thursday for Ludlow's elected officials and city departments to stop bickering and start working together for the good of the city.

        “I'm tired of rumors going around and talk about the lousy police department, (and) the lousy fire department,” said Janet Geiser, who said she owns property in Ludlow. “And I'm tired of picking up the paper and reading about council members' private lives.”

        Ludlow resident Mike Turner echoed comments of other residents, addding: “I think we've got a great city, and a great police department, and a great fire department.”

        At Thursday's City Council meeting — which city officials held to two hours — in contrast to last month's five-hour meeting — Ludlow residents, homeowners and taxpayers displayed a poster-sized, Ludlow Citizens' Bill of Rights stating that:

        “(council) meetings are for the residents of Ludlow, not for a few long-winded people to vent their hatred and aimless thoughts, that each resident who desires to speak, may have at least five minutes to do so, that (Ludlow's) mayor is the chief executive head of the city, and after two gavel warnings, will order the removal of persons exhibiting verbal abuse and or inappropriate behavior...”

        On Thursday, Mayor Tom Stacy deviated from council's usual practice of taking comments from the public at the end of the meeting, and allowed visitors to speak at the beginning, provided they observe a five-minute limit.

        Residents also presented Ludlow City Council with petitions bearing 1,000 signatures of those who want to keep the Ludlow police department.

        The latter was in response to inquiries by three council members to other cities and Kenton County about the cost of providing police service.


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