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City says yes to chickens, no to staff approved catering permits

Submitted by Newsroom on December 19, 2012 – 11:45 amNo Comment

City says yes to chickens, no to staff approved catering permits; and sheriff’s report – 

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By KVOW/KTAK News Director Leslie Stratmoen

RIVERTON, Wyo. — The Riverton City Council said yes to the chickens and no to stream-lining alcohol catering permits during Tuesday’s meeting.

During an interview this morning, City Administrator Steven Weaver said the city leaders decided to change city code so the birds would not be banned in city limits, but not lay down any specific rules or regulations for raising the flocks. Instead, the council decided to deal with that if a problem comes up.

As for the proposal that the council forgo making the decision on alcohol catering permits and instead let the city staff do it, the measure was voted down on a tie vote. The Administrator said it was board member Mary Ellen Christensen fought for her proposal saying it would give the city more oversight while stream-lining the process.

WEAVER went on to say …..

As a rebuttal, the city’s attorney Rick Sollars said the council needed to keep the process as is, in order to comply with state statute.

Administrator Weaver pointed out that other cities across the state allow their staffs to issue permits based on recommendations from the Wyoming Liquor Commission. There-in seemed to lie the problem, according to Councilman Eric Heiser; who is the final governing body on the issue, the liquor commission or the state.

In the end, it was Christensen and Heiser who voted to hand-off the duty to city staff, joined by Councilman Lars Baker. Voting to keep the procedure as is, with the council making the decision, were councilmen Todd Smith and Rich Gard. Councilwoman Diana Mahoney was absent, so Mayor Ron Warpness cast the stalemate no vote.

The Mayor explained his decision …..

So alcohol catering permit requests must still go before the council with the governing body making the final decision.

Mayor Ron Warpness

To listen to the extended interview with city officials conducted by News Director Leslie Stratmoen on today’s Chit Chat, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012CLICK HERE

County takes over 50 calls in 24 hours

The Fremont County Sheriff’s office took 54 calls for service in the 24-hour period from 8 yesterday morning until 8 this morning. During that time, the county’s ambulances were dispatched 19 times and county fire departments three; and eight people were booked into the county jail, two on felony charges. The county jail currently is responsible for 168 inmates of which 156 are being held at the jail and 11 are in substance abuse treatment programs.

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