LAGRANGE, Ga. — LaGrange City Council announced the names of those individuals who will likely serve on the city's task force to discuss a proposed ordinance to regulate group homes.
With little fanfare, unlike previous meetings where the topic of group homes has been broached, City Manager Tom Hall read a list of 10 names approved by City Council. Hall said not everyone approved had been notified so there is the chance individuals would choose not to serve or have scheduling conflicts so the slate of names could change. Hall also said the task force will likely hold an initial meeting in two to three weeks.
Council selected the individuals during a closed session meeting earlier Tuesday where officials had cited they were meeting to discuss personnel issues.
The task force was established in the wake of controversy surrounding a proposed ordinance by the city to regulate the placement and operation of group homes. Proponents of the ordinance said it would keep neighborhoods safe, but opponents argued one home was being singled out. Many community members also said they felt the ordinance was racially motivated.
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The proposed ordinance was introduced months ago 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.
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.
The individuals approved to serve on the newly created task force are:
-- Joan Woodson-- George Moore-- Matt Orr-- Tom Gore-- Wayne Pittman-- Zsa Zsa Heard-- June Nelson-- Ricky Bolden-- Linda Buchanan-- Andy Bruacre