May 7, 2014 — Grayson City Council met in special session last Tuesday to discuss the possibility of placing a portable restroom at Dixie Park.
According to city officials, Council member Pearl Crum originally authorized placement of a portable restroom at the park but it had to be removed because such action requires Council approval.
“If some sort of accident were to happen, like if that thing were tipped over, the first thing the insurance company would want to see is the meeting minutes where we approved it in the first place,” said Mayor George Steele.
“It would be like driving a car with no insurance,” he added.
Crum defended the move, however, strongly advocating for a public restroom facility in the park.
“I just don’t think it’s morally right to not have a bathroom for those kids down there,” said Crum.
Mayor and Council were quick to state that they weren’t opposed to a restroom facility but that certain issues with the city’s liability insurance had to be addressed before placing a portable facility in the park.
“We’re not against having a bathroom. We just have to go through all the right steps in case something happens and we get sued,” said Council member Terry Stamper.
“We also have to figure out where the money is going to come from in the budget,” he added.
Council eventually voted 3-1 in favor of placing one portable restroom in Dixie Park on a trial basis.
Crum, Stamper and Jack Harper voted in favor of the measure, but Juanita Kennedy took a position against it.
“It’s just so ugly looking, and the smell is going to get really bad in the summertime,” said Kennedy.
The next meeting of Grayson Council will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, at city hall.
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