The first City Council meeting of June was centered around the community following a solemn week in Auburn.
Council members spoke about the strength of the community following the death of an officer in the line of duty, and the mayor announced the Council will go through a Green Dot training with the University.
Mayor Ron Anders started the meeting by thanking Auburn’s Public Safety Department for organizing the service and Auburn’s Athletic Department for the use of the arena for the memorial service for officer Will Buechner.
“The service for Will Buechner was special, a lot of coordination went into that.” Anders said “It was a very honorable for Will and for our public safety and for his family.
Council member Tommy Dawson echoed the mayors thanks saying the service was one of the nicest he has seen for a fallen officer.
“You’ll never know how much we appreciate the community turning out for that funeral and lining the streets on the route to the cemetery,” Dawson said. “I’ve been to a lot of police officers’ funerals, and I’ve never been to one that well attended.”
Anders also announced that the City Council has the opportunity to go through training with the Green Dot Program on campus next week.
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“We were given a presentation by the people at student affairs about a month ago,” Anders said. “And I’m proud that our council’s going to have a time as volunteers to go through this training next week.”
The Green Dot Program on campus seeks to utilize the power of peer and cultural influences to prevent or defuse violent and abusive situations.
During the meeting, a purposed amendment for the Academic Detached Dwelling Units ordinance was voted to be sent to the planning commission for further review and will be voted on in July.
The amendment, purposed by Council member Kelley Griswold, would prevent ADDU houses from being put up in the Auburn Historic District.
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