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Local News with Jeff Lane

(Richmond, IN)--"We might get to a point where I would make a motion to strike this."  That’s Richmond Common Council member Misty Hollis said two weeks ago about an ordinance to rescind approval for funding on the second phase of the Loop bicycle project.  And, Monday night, that’s exactly what happened.  Council’s dropping of the ordinance came after a designer indicated that bike paths could be added without sacrificing parking.  "You guys did a hell of a job, and that's what this is all about," said Roger Richert.  Richert had placed used radio and billboards to plead for parking.  "I would point out that every billboard did say 'please' and now it's time to say 'thank you,'" Richert added.  Other Depot business owners like Jennifer Crawford were happy.  "We were never against bike paths.  We just wanted to keep out parking, and now it looks like we can do both," Crawford said.  An advisory council has been created that will oversee the 18-24 month design and planning process for the second phase of the Loop project.

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