Parks ordinance to be addressed by City Council
Conceal carry permit holders will be allowed to keep their weapons when at parks in Henderson, according to city leaders in response to a new state law. The City Council is scheduled to study the issue during a work session Monday night.
City Manager Ray Griffin said the conceal carry issue applies to the hidden carrying of handguns, and is a matter that follows a state-mandated change to the city’s rules about guns on public property.
“We’re having to do this to bring our code into compliance with the new state law,” Griffin said.
Information from Alan Gill, Henderson’s recreation and parks director, indicates House Bill 937 has provisions that apply specifically to city code. The code currently bans all weapons on the premises of any park.
According to Gill, the bill does not allow such a blanket application to local parks. The key change is a limit to the scope of city restriction — a distinction being that weapons can only be restricted during scheduled activities.
Parks without recreation facilities, where scheduled activities are not going to occur, would not have the limitation either. According to the new law, the city can not keep conceal carry permit holders from keeping weapons while at Chestnut Street, Jackson, King Kids, King Daughters I and II, Owen-Davis and David Street parks.
At Fox Pond Park, permit holders would be restricted during scheduled activities. They would be able to secure the restricted weapons in a locked vehicle at the facility.
Also planned for Monday, a recommendation is expected to modify a $16.6 million budget for sewer facility upgrades by adding a $55,709 project for a Weir Wolf Brush System to clean the final clarifiers of the process.
Griffin said that Henderson Water Reclamation Facility Director Tom Spain has requested the measure in order to increase process efficiency.
“This is a change order to the wastewater treatment plant project,” Griffin said. “It adds brushes for the clarifier. Mr. Spain sees this as an opportunity to increase the efficiency of the system.”
The change order would tap into the project’s $657,000 contingency fund, drawing that down to just over $600,000.
“This is for transferring funds from contingency to the new line item,” Griffin said.
The council will be asked to accept $3,924 in grant money for new bulletproof vests in the police department.
The federal grant covers about 37 percent of the total costs for new vests, according to Griffin.
Griffin said since the grant does help and council members expressed hopes for that funding, he would not anticipate any controversy in a vote to accept it.
The council session begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall on Rose Avenue and is open to the public.
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