Dadeville appears to be on its way to having an ordinance banning saggy pants but one council member wants to make sure it is equitable.
“My concern is it should be for everybody,” Dadeville City Council member Stephanie Kelley said at Tuesday’s Council meeting. “I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like under garments and dresses so short, I don’t want us to be showing favoritism.”
The sagging pants issue was first brought forward by fellow council member Frank Goodman at the Aug 25 meeting. Goodman further explained his reasons for the ordinance to ban ‘slacking.’
“It is about respect,” Goodman said. “Who is going to respect you if you don’t respect yourself. The reason I brought this up is I think people deserve respect when they are in public. I think slacking is disrespectful. I think it gives our younger generation the wrong impression of what is cool.”
Goodman went on to explain other issues of ‘slacking.’
“We have people walking down the street with their hand in front of them holding up their pants,” Goodman said. “Then they have the nerve to walk into a place of business and ask for a job. If you come to my house you are going to pull them up before you get on my property, much less in my door. I prayed about this. I know that God would not go around with pants down.”
Other council members indicated their support on the issues.
“I have heard more favorable positive comments about us even considering this than I have on anything else since I have been on the council,” Council member James Tarpley said.
“Everything that has been said here, I agree with,” Council member Randy Foster said.
Town attorney Robin Reynolds said he hopes to have the ordinance ready by the next council meeting.
“I hope to have it ready for the next meeting,” Reynolds said. “If the council wants me to write in something for the females – it will take a little more creativity on my part.”
School Street resident Erica Harris expressed her concern with the council about construction on Chapman Nursing Home property near her home.
“I am getting tired of complaining about Mr. Chapman,” Harris said. “He is doing the same exact thing he did last time. He has earth movers that have been working the last two or three weeks. He is bringing in dump truck after dump truck with dirt. It is so noisy. I don’t want School Street rezoned. I don’t want this in my front door.
Dadeville Building Inspector Michael Richardson explained that the project has been to the planning and zoning board.
“They came before the planning and zoning board,” Richardson explained. “They are putting in a storage facility, completely enclosed. He was told by planning and zoning he had to maintain a set back of 60 feet off the road and that it had to be landscaped nicely.”
Richardson also explained why the project had not been before the council.
“According to the zoning board, there are no problems with it,” Richardson said. “The reason it did not come before you (council) is that no variance was needed.”