LINCOLN - The Lincoln Village Council adopted a public civil rights policy at its regular meeting on Monday, granting equal opportunity in employment, housing, and participation in publicly funded programs to all people in the village regardless of race, religion, national origin, color, sex, marital status, age, or handicap.
Village President Phil Jordan said the village needed such a policy in order to close its streetscape project grants, which it is currently trying to do, but he was "surprised" that one was not already in place. The council approved a standard policy suggested by the state of Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corp., and Jordan asked council members to post copies in and around public buildings throughout the village. Village Treasurer Mary Kossa will acquire posters to advertise the village's equal opportunity stance.
Trustee Sara Healy asked whether the policy included a provision for sexual orientation, and Jordan said the policy came from the state and MEDC but would be amended to be as inclusive as possible.
"If there is one that even expands more, we probably need to have it," he said, and asked Kossa to look into it.
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