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Examiner
  • Council might address roadside memorials

  • Often, when someone dies in a traffic accident, that person’s loved ones honor the deceased person with a memorial wreath or flowers at the site where the accident took place.


    About a year ago, District 3 Council Member Myron Paris was approached by the Independence Beautification Commission about a possible ordinance related to such public memorials.

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  • Often, when someone dies in a traffic accident, that person’s loved ones honor the deceased person with a memorial wreath or flowers at the site where the accident took place.
    About a year ago, District 3 Council Member Myron Paris was approached by the Independence Beautification Commission about a possible ordinance related to such public memorials.
    “It’s good for people to pay recognition to those deaths for a period of time,” Paris said, “but I would like to see a moratorium of time established.”
    Paris suggested that the loved ones of the deceased put up a permanent memorial, such as a park bench, with the person’s name on it. He asked the Beautification Commission, as well as city staff, to provide the council with additional ideas for a potential ordinance.
    “Not forever,” Paris said of how long memorial wreaths should remain in place on streets and at intersections. “It does detract after awhile from the scenery of the city. ... I know if it were a member of my family, I’d rather have something permanent and beautiful than something that would deteriorate through time.”
     
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