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LaGrange Considers Zoning Requests, Forwards Wrongful Arrest Claim

LaGrange Considers Zoning Requests,  Forwards Wrongful Arrest Claim

On Tuesday, the LaGrange City Council heard first readings for a series of annexation and zoning requests for parcels within the city and denied a claim for damages from a woman who was allegedly falsely arrested by LaGrange Police.

Public hearings were held for separate requests to annex and zone properties located a 23 Busch Drive and 118 Old Airport Road.

Hearings were also held to receive comments from the public on requests to rezone two parcels on Pegasus Parkway from GP-GI (Campus General Industrial & Agribusiness) to CR-MX (Corridor Mixed Use) and one parcel from CR-MR (Corridor Medium Density Residential) to GP-GI (Campus General Industrial & Agribusiness).

A final public hearing was held to receive comments on a request to rezone property located at 617 Hill Street from TN-R (Traditional Neighborhood Residential) to CR-MX (Corridor Mixed Use).

No one from the public spoke for or against any of the requests.

The council also briefly discussed a recommendation from the Board of Planning and Zoning Appeals on a request for a Special Use Permit at 124 Gordon Commercial Drive to allow New Ventures, Inc. to operate a Social Service/ Group Treatment Facility. The proposed facility would provide wraparound services, short term housing, and a homeless shelter.

The only action taken on the request was to call for a public hearing on the matter scheduled for the Council Meeting on Aug. 9.

The council also voted unanimously on a recommendation from City Manager Meg Kelsey to deny a claim for a half-million dollars in damages from Janice Jackson and forward the claim to the city’s liability insurance company.

Lawyers on behalf of Jackson sent the city an ante litem notice relating to claims of civil rights violations stemming from her wrongful arrest and detention on Mar. 16, 2022.

During the incident LaGrange Police arrested Jackson on warrants from another agency that were issued for another woman with a similar name.

The city neither admitted nor denied fault with vote to deny the claim and send it to their insurance. The action is common practice to send claims to the city’s insurance settle the matter.

The next LaGrange City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m.

Tommy Murphy
Staff Writer

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