City Council wise to move meetings to transit building

We applaud City Council’s decision to move its meetings to the Trade and Transit II building.

This follows protests that disrupted the countywide administration of oaths of office to local officials at the Community Arts Center as well as last week’s Council meeting inside City Hall where the chanting by protesters interfered with Council’s ability to conduct official city business.

The protests had to do with handicapped accessibility, an important matter that should not be taken lightly.

But it got to the point that arrests were made in order to restore the type of peace inside the building that allowed for Council to conduct its business, which it did without comment.

The reason for the silence has to do with a related lawsuit over handicapped accessibility. The city solicitor advised officials to decline comment, as is standard-operating procedure when it comes to lawsuits against public bodies.

Meanwhile, city facilities are being reviewed by the U.S. Department of Justice. City officials, including Mayor Derek Slaughter, say they are intent on correcting deficiencies.

This will take time — and money — which is why we were heartened to hear this week the announcement that Council’s meetings, including its committee meetings, have been moved. The Trade and Transit II building, which was opened in 2016, is equipped with a modern elevator and has other amenities capable of serving all of the public.

This strikes us as a good remedy for the interim while officials seriously consider the future of city facilities.