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Council bids farewell to 2 longtime members

It's the end of an era in Lexington.

Two longtime Urban County Council members, Dick DeCamp and David Stevens, will leave the council at the end of the year.

With a combined 27 years on the council, DeCamp and Stevens are credited for spearheading everything from Lexington's smoking ban to keg registration.

The two have been involved with city government in one form or another since the city-county merger in 1974.

DeCamp was the merged government's first head of the Historic Commission, which is now the Office of Historic Preservation. Stevens helped write the city-county charter.

Mayor Jim Newberry and the council said their farewells to DeCamp and Stevens at their final council meeting last week.

On Wednesday, the community gets its chance to pay tribute to the two at a roast being thrown in their honor. The proceeds from the event will be used for downtown beautification, a topic important to both of them.

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