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Council drops Lakewood fines, explores new theme park

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A proposal to explore the possibility of putting an amusement park at the fairgrounds will move ahead.

Councilman Bruce Stanley's bill passed Metro Council with no discussion Tuesday night, but this is only the first reading of the bill and most of the debate will come later.

Stanley's bill says the fair board should solicit proposals for partially developing the fairgrounds land as a theme park.

Councilman Duane Dominy, who has supported keeping the fairgrounds as is, thinks a small theme park and the state fair could co-exist.

"I don't think it's something that's detrimental. But it's something we can consider in the master planning process," Dominy says.

The fair board is working on a long-range master plan for the land. It's not a quick process. They haven't even awarded a contract to anyone to develop that plan yet.

"I think in the long run, it will be a good thing, if we get the input from the constituency and everybody has a say-so,"  says Dominy.  

Metro council also made it official Tuesday night: If you had one of those Lakewood traffic tickets, you don't have to pay it.

Some 12,000 drivers will get a lucky break. The citizens of Lakewood voted to dissolve the city in March; that meant people who had recently entered a guilty plea to a driving offense in Lakewood had nowhere to pay their fine.

Metro council voted Tuesday not to try to collect the $450,000 in fines owed, saying the collection effort  could cost more than the fines are worth.

 

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