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City ‘put best foot forward’

August 22, 2012

Mayor John Schultz

    Two Chinese businessmen left Decatur on Tuesday after spending all of Monday and part of Tuesday touring the city, Mayor John Schultz said at Tuesday night's meeting of city council.
    They were escorted by the mayor and Adams County Economic Development Director Larry Mackin to view operations at Fleetwood, Gold Shield and Bunge North America.
    Other local officials attended a dinner held Monday night at Adams Memorial Hospital.
    Schultz and Macklin had met with the two men, John Zhang and Qian Changesheng,  when the Decatur duo was part of a state contingent which visited China a couple of months ago.
    "Will anything come of it (such as a new business), I can't say. But we put our best foot forward. Maybe something will (come of it) some day down the road. I hope so," Schultz said.
    He thanked the hospital and the three businesses for their hospitality.

Amendment OKed
    Also at the meeting, council adopted an amendment to the city's fair housing ordinance.
    City Attorney Tim Baker said an ordinance mandated by the government and passed in 2009 bans discrimination by the city housing authority. The government has now expanded that to incorporate the definition of family, dealing with sexual orientation, gender identification etc.
    Responding to a question from Councilman Matt Dyer, Baker said the change must be adopted in order for the city to be able to apply for federal grants. Of particular note is the grant the city currently is seeking to demolish the onetime city street department building between the police station and city pool.
    "If you want to be eligible for a federal grant, I don't think you have any choice," Baker said.
    Councilman Cam Collier made the point, "We are not in violation now."
    In order to stay eligible for the grant it is seeking to raze the old building, council suspended the rules and unanimously approved the amendment on three readings, thus adopting it.

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