Thursday, August 6, 2009

Guns In Parks Debate Returns To Cookeville

The Cookeville city council will be deciding tonight whether they will be going along with Putnam County, the city of Monterey and other local governments in choosing to opt out of a state law that allows gun permit holders to carry their weapons in local parks. City attorney Dan Rader says opting out would mean NO change in the status quo and that a long existing ban on guns would simply stay in place. But he did say that the issue of just what constitutes a city park may need to be clarified. The council first took up the issue two months ago, but put off action so they could hear from the public. Public sentiment is reportedly running three to one in favor of keeping the ban. Also tonight, the council will consider on first reading an ordinance pertaining to water storage rates, they hold public hearings on floodplain regulations and law enforcement grants and they'll consider approval of an agreement already OK'd by Putnam County to share in the cost of installing fiber optic cable to a new emergency services building on Willow Avenue.