The Austin City Council on Thursday called a timeout on the Parks and Recreation Department’s plan to begin forcing the removal of lots of grave ornamentation at Austin Memorial Park.
In a 7-0 vote, the council told City Manager Marc Ott to determine whether current, long-unforced rules restricting grave decorations “are appropriately sensitive to personal and cultural expressions of grieving” while also enforcing safety requirements and promoting “respect for the values of all families.” The Parks and Recreation Department had planned to begin enforcing the rules Nov. 1, a decision that brought complaints from people who have placed a wide variety of items at graves.
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