The City Council failed to enact a highly controversial policy on funeral possessions.
Councilor David Allen proposed an ordinance amendment that would keep police escorts for all funeral processions. It was an attempt to restore a policy that honors the dead with a safe escort to the cemetery.
Under a change by Police Chief Al Ansley, escorts are provided for the fist seven cars in a funeral procession — including the hearse –but subsequent cars must adhere to standard traffic laws. Ansley said additional escorts would be provided if officers were available. Ansley said a year ah=go that long funeral processions were a safety hazard.
Supporting Allen were Councilors Kip McNeill, Marc Harris, Joel Wallace, Kaye Jones and Jeff Burkhart. “No” votes came from council members James Lewis, Wallace Redd, Valerie Guzman and Geno Grubb with Deanna McLaughlin and Bill Summers abstaining.