Georgetown declines vet request due to liability

Kim Luttrell, Correspondent

Last month, Georgetown veteran Layton Warsler asked the city council for permission to sleep outside in Patriot Park.

Warsler, with support from the Georgetown American Legion Dornblaser Post 203, had requested to be allowed to sleep in the park from Feb. 1 – 22 to bring attention to the suicide rate among veterans and to also bring attention to the homelessness many veterans experience.

In his comments to the council last month, Warsler said the 22 days he sleep outside represents the 22 veterans that commit suicide each day. At the time of his request, aldermen said they needed to consult with the city’s liability insurance company and the city attorney.

On Tuesday night, the city informed Warsler that while the city insurance carrier had said it had no problem as long as Warsler signed a waiver of liability, the city attorney had some serious misgivings about whether such a waiver would exonerate the city in the event of some type of accident.

A majority of the aldermen said they could not vote to allow Warsler to sleep in the park as requested, due to the advice received from the city attorney.  With no motion to allow Warsler’s request, the matter died for a lack of a vote. The council did tell Warsler that they are always eager to support any projects that the Georgetown American Legion may have.

In other council action, aldermen approved the resignation of Alderman Lucas Seilhymer.  Seilhymer has moved out of Ward 1 and is no longer eligible to serve that ward.  Anyone that is interested in serving as Ward 1 alderman should contact Mayor Darin Readnour.

Alderman discussed updating the city ordinances and having them available online.  A previous proposal would have updated the ordinances up to 2014 at a cost of $3,276.  However, aldermen expressed an interest in having them updated to 2017, so that they can be placed online for police officers to be able to have unlimited access to them.  City clerk Connie Rhoden will check on the additional cost.

The Georgetown city council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at city hall.

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