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Controversial issues continue to plague Homer

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Despite grappling with a number of issues plaguing the town of Homer, those matters went unheard during council meeting Monday evening.

None of the issues -a sitting mayor with pending criminal charges for malfeasance; FBI Investigations; pending federal suits against law enforcement; alleged power struggles; nor allegations of race relations, all of which have given the municipality black eyes and a bruised facade over the past years, were publicly addressed.

In a municipality of roughly 3,000 people, the list may be getting longer considering the narcotics woes running rampant on the streets of the town.

“We are trying to rid a drug problem,”Homer Police Chief Russell  Mills told the council, while pleading for assistance.

A request Monday by Mills to add an item to the agenda concerning amending the budget of the police department and allocating funds for narcotic-related issues drowning the town was met with uncertainty by Mayor Alecia Smith, who suggested the matter be addressed during executive session.

Mills requested the town loan startup funds to the department and deposit the money into an account set up strictly for narcotics investigations. According to the chief, in return the department would repay the loan once it receives the funds generated through city court.

After being added to the agenda via a two-thirds vote by the council, amending the agencies budget raised a series of questions by council member Linda Mozeke.

“We need more specifics of what this money will be used for,” Mozeke said.

In response, Mills said that “investigations can be broad,” referring to narcotic-related cases. 
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