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Last updated on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
(MITCHELL) - One Mitchell resident asked the city council Monday night if there was anything that could be done about the lewd behavior of juvenile and some adults on city streets.
Anna Keane, a member of the neighborhood watch program, says she and her husband have seen several teens kissing and touching inappropriately on city streets and public areas.
"There was a boy and two girls kissing and going on," Keane says. "It was terrible."
Keane says the boy then was foundling the girl's breast as they walked down the road.
"What can we do with these people that walk down the street and act like that?" Keane asked. "We are a small enough that we should be able to control this kind of behavior."
City officials told Keane there wasn't much that could be done to stop the behavior.
Keane told board members she honks at the individuals doing the behavior.
Mayor Gary Pruett told Keane to keep honking. Councilwoman Vicky Schlegel says more people need to take a stand and discourage this behaviors.
Keane was also upset with motorist making U-turns on Main Street.
Schlegel says there is a city ordinance against making the illegal turns.
Keane wanted to know if road signs stating there are no U-turns could be posted on Main Street.
In other business:
* Freedom Festival organizer Eddie McLain asked for approval to close 1st Street and Main Street, west of Lehigh Field for the 3-on-3 basket ball tourney. The council approved the request.
* The council voted to adopt an updated sidewalk ordinance so they would be in ADA compliance.
* The council approved to extend the Persimmon Festival boundaries one block west to Ninth Street, a block south to Mississippi Avenue and a block north to Warren Street.
* Clerk Treasurer George James told the council he would be advertising for an additional appropriation of $50,000 to be taken from the general fund and placed in building department fund for the demolition of property and to place $10,000 in the street department line for the sidewalk project.
"This is a major necessity right now," says Mayor Gary Pruett. "A way to make an outward appearance that is good for our community."
Pruitt was referring to the demolition of homes that are in disrepair and being torn down by the city. The city then puts a lean on the property to pay for the demolition.
* Karin DuBois, the tobacco prevention coordinator for Hoosier Uplands, presented the council with a certificate for making the 67th Annual Persimmon Festival a tobacco-free event.
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