At the August 5th, 2013 Gillette City Council meeting, two votes on a Gillette Softball/Baseball field complex took place. Both were given council approval by a 4 to 3 vote.
“The council approved the contractor manager at-risk to bring forth a guaranteed maximum price to build the four fields - the baseball softball complex.”--- Gillette Mayor Tom Murphy
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Murphy was one of four ‘yes’ votes, along with council members John Opseth, Ted Jerred and Louise Carter-King. Both CMAR projects passed by 4 to 3 votes. Both agreements together totaled just under forty seven thousand dollars.
Also last night, the council had the second reading of an ordinance to establish hours of operation for liquor licenses, and to amend Section 3-6 of the Gillette City Code, which would expand Sunday liquor hours. During the first of three readings for that ordinance, no opposition from the public was voiced and an advance to the second of three readings passed by a tally of 6 to 1.
At last night’s meeting, two citizens stepped forward in opposition to the ordinance change. One was former Campbell County Commissioner and Gillette City Councilman Roy Edwards. The other citizen, Scott Clem, brought a petition of over 160 signatures. He said he collected an opposition to the ordinance change in just under 4 hours. On the second of three readings, the ordinance advanced again, this time by a tally of 5 to 2. City Council member Robin Kuntz provided 'no' votes for the first two readings; before the second reading, council member Forest Rothleutner explained why he decided to switch to a vote of no.
“I do believe in smaller government; I do believe in lesser government encroachment, but I think there is also, as a dove-tail to that, as a moral people, our laws will reflect our morality as a people, and it should - regardless of whether those are our liquor laws, or the way that we go here, I’m not sure why this lands in a moral issue - whether its right or wrong to buy alcohol on Sunday morning. It’s between you and your faith - or whatever you call your moral values are. But I do think that I haven’t heard from enough folks to justify me moving forward with it.”---Rothleutner
The third and final reading will occur on August 19th.