LAGRANGE, Ga. — The contentious debate about the city's proposed regulation of group homes that fueled controversy in recent weeks is being put on hold, officials decided this morning.
During a LaGrange City Council committee meeting, officials voted to table the ordinance and form a task force to look at the issue. The task force is charged with making a recommendation to council "as soon as possible, not to exceed a year."
Officials also removed the first reading of the group homes ordinance from tonight's council agenda, although council will still continue with a public hearing scheduled for tonight on the issue.
LaGrange's proposed ordinance was introduced in response to incidents requiring law enforcement at area group homes and several acts of violence connected to homes, specifically a recent act of violence that took the life of popular store clerk Joseph Boison, known to many as Peace.
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Boison was working at the Shell Mart on Vernon Street on Nov. 14 when he was killed during a robbery. Christopher Caruso, 18, who has been charged in the murder of Boison, was a former resident of LaGrange area group home.
Officials said tonight's public hearing will go on as planned so they can receive feedback on the issue. That hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers. During the committee meeting, several council members also said they had significant problems with the ordinance currently proposed.
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