In an email sent to constituents, Metro Councilwoman Kristine LaLonde confirmed her intention to withdraw an ordinance at Tuesday night’s council meeting that sought to prohibit buses and other recreational vehicles from operating on Love Circle.
Though LaLonde declined to single out a constituent by name, the bill was largely seen as an attempt to stop tour buses from visiting the mansion of country singer John Rich, who resides on Love Circle. Neighbors say buses visiting Rich’s home often congest the winding road.
The bill, which had been slated for first reading at Tuesday night’s meeting, would have prohibited buses and recreational vehicles that are longer than 24 feet. The ordinance would not have applied to school buses.
LaLonde, in her email, said she decided to pull the bill after learning of an existing ordinance that prevents vehicles in excess of 5,000 pounds from operating on Love Circle. Road signs notifying drivers of the law are no longer in place, however.
“I learned that a 5,000 lb. weight limit had been in place on Love Circle since 1982,” LaLonde wrote in the email. “This week, the signs will be replaced in several spots on or entering Love Circle. This will prevent — if properly enforced — the very kind of traffic that is inappropriate on Love Circle. If it was inappropriate in 1982, it is certainly inappropriate now.”
Meanwhile, LaLonde also deferred a separate ordinance that many have interpreted as an attempt to limit the parties at Rich’s home on Love Circle.
The bill would have allowed no more than two special event road closure permits be granted to the same person or business each year. It would also have allowed no more than two closures on the same individual street each year.
LaLonde said she decided to defer the bill to “work out some complexities involved” with the ordinance. She has no immediate plans to withdraw it.