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(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Mayor Dave Snow gave his first State of the City address Thursday night.  What is bound to be the most controversial element of Mayor Snow’s address Thursday night is his call for an increased role at the local level by a Human Rights Commission.  He will propose an amendment to an ordinance.  "This amendment will include sexual orientation, age, and veteran status," Snow said.  The local HRC was defunded several years ago, but Snow will examine bringing it back to focus on education, discrimination, and mediation issues.  The mayor talked about what many consider to be the city’s biggest problem…drug abuse.  Snow said that 54 people died in Wayne County last year from drug overdoses and that the county is on pace to surpass that number this year.  "I feel like on that front we have blantantly failed," Snow said.  The mayor wants to add officers to focus on drug houses and dealers.  Snow added that it’s necessary for all citizens to be willing to take an active role in the fight against drugs.  The demolition of the old Reid Hospital is one of Snow’s priorities for reasons that include safety and the negative impression it puts on the city.  Snow said that a recently-developed partnership between the city and the county will help fund an environmental remediation, and that those two entities would work together through the process.  "Together, we are going to bring that hospital to the ground," Snow predicted.  Snow did not put a timeline on cleaning up the property.

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