Decorum Order in Effect

Two ejected from Grantville meeting

by Clay Neely - clay@newnan.com

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Photos by Clay Neely


The Grantville City Council meeting Monday was punctuated with the ejections of Grantville citizens Selma Coty and Edward Luttrell following their refusal to abide by the city’s recently enacted decorum ordinance.

Coty spoke to the council in regards to its transfer of utility funds into the general funds.

“I think the citizens of this community would like to see that money used to reduce their utility bills, wouldn’t you?” asked Coty, a former councilwoman. “There is an ordinance on the books that states you must retain 30 to 55 percent of next year’s budget expenditures. Are you doing that?”

“You all are not being responsible and you need to take a look at what you are doing,” Coty told the council before being escorted out of the building after her failure to yield the floor.

Luttrell also expressed his concern about the amount of money being spent by the Grantville council.

“These enterprise funds that you’re collecting, I notice you’re all spending a mighty lot of money,” Luttrell said. “Where is this going to end? I can’t even afford to leave this town. What are we going to do about these utilities? I can’t afford it. Is this a good use of enterprise funds to have six to eight police officers on duty? Are they here to protect you, Jim? Don’t answer that, you crook.”

“Alright, that’s enough,” responded Mayor Jim Sells, acknowledging that Luttrell had broken decorum, thus ending his comments to the council.

“Shut up! I got three minutes, boy,” said Luttrell. “I ain’t done because you say so. I got three minutes.”

Luttrell was then escorted by Grantville Police officers out of the council meeting as he told the approaching officers, “Don’t you put your hands on me. I ain’t asking you, I’m telling you.”

Councilman Barham Lundy asked, “Is this really necessary? I don’t see the exact problem.”

“They’re making that decision,” said Sells, referencing the police.



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