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Scouts Ask Questions at Florence Council Meeting

The Florence city council listened to questions from some young constituents earlier this month.

Scout Troop 1, based at Florence Christian Church, attended the council meeting to ask questions and learn about the workings of city government as the members work on their First Class requirements.

This particular troop has its first female members, five girls who are now able to join after a policy change at Boy Scouts of America.

The questions from the scouts varied by topic. One scout asked what the biggest problems in the city of Florence would be, and Mayor Diane Whalen said traffic, heroin and the drug epidemic, and the changing retail scene.

Another scout asked about people on parole and how they can't vote. He asked about how that affected their rights. Mayor Whalen thought that would be a Frankfort problem, and City Coordinator Josh Wice commented that the governor can restore their rights.

A question was asked about why all the trees were cut down on Aero Parkway, and Mayor Whalen said a farmer sold his land to Amazon and others, and they have a right to cut down the trees on their land. She said the city has an urban forestry commission that tries to work with people to replace the trees. But, she said, they can't tell people what to build on their land.

One by one the scouts all read their prepared questions and waited for the answers, and the mayor and council answered. Then the council congratulated the troop on being leaders in the community and for helping girls be a part of the Boy Scouts.

Other notes:

Council approved the reappointment of Eric Hall as the city's representative to the intermodal coordinating committee of the OKI Regional Council of Governments. Joshua Hunt was approved as the alternate.

James Wilbers was sworn in as a new police officer, fresh from graduating from Northern Kentucky University in criminal justice. He is off to the State Police Academy for twenty weeks. Wilbers's hiring brings the force to full strength at 64 officers.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor