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Sale City Council denies rezoning request for migrant housing

April 17, 2003

SALE CITY - More than fifty of the 300-plus people who live in Sale City attended a hearing to speak out against a program to locate migrant housing in town.

Mitchell County farmer Clay Lamar wanted to rezone and remodel the dilapidated school building on the corner of Pine and Bush Streets to house twelve men. 

The Mayor and Council was handed a petition signed by 183 people - more than two thirds of the town's population - asking them to vote against the zoning request and keep the program out of their town.

People in the community told the council that they feared the housing would bring crime to their quiet community. Lamar said it was for racist reasons that the town did not want the commune in their town. But, residents quickly pointed out that Sale City is not a racist town, in their opinions.

All council members voted no.

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