(Richmond, IN)--Richmond Common Council Monday night addressed Wayne County’s needle exchange program. A new ordinance would prevent any future needle exchange program from operating in any residential area inside the city limits. Council on Monday night struggled to determine whether or not it’s a zoning issue. "There's a lot of confusion with this. The prosecutor (Mike Shipman) has one opinion. The Attorney General is supporting what the prosecutors are saying, but the bottom line is the State Health Department is approving needle exchange programs," said Council member Misty Hollis. Council decided to send the ordinance to the Public Safety Committee to consider how to proceed.
Several much-needed new police cruisers are coming to the Richmond Police Department. Monday night, Richmond Common Council approved a budget transfer that will allow for the purchase of eight vehicles. $217,000 in savings from other funds will be used to purchase the cars. The city had a shortage of police cruisers due mainly to extra officers being hired and trained. Several vehicles in the fleet also had excessive miles and wear-and-tear.