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Aldermen, Mayor at Odds Over Oak Ridge
Aldermen, Mayor at Odds Over Oak Ridge

At least one alderman is incensed at the mayor over the possible privatization of Oak Ridge Cemetery.  Alderman Frank Edwards says Mayor Mike Houston is being secretive and he wants answers.

“This is the most shocking to me.  The revelation that the guy that really manages the affairs out there wasn’t even involved with this. I was really taken aback by this” says Edwards.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, Houston says he was only doing due diligence in considering ways to save the city money.  The mayor says he didn’t mean to leave council members in the dark….although Houston says he took at least two trips to visit cemeteries managed by Stonemor….a company he says approached him to take over Oak Ridge.  The city is now headed to court to battle yet another alledged violation of the Open Meetings Act…this latest round of court action comes after an Exectutive Session where the mayor outlined his plans for the first time.