At last night’s Gillette City Council meeting, the water wasting ordinance was on the agenda for its third and final reading. The council voted to table that item until the April 1st Gillette City Council meeting. City Council President John Opseth explained the tabling of the item had to do with discussion about the amendment for the ordinance to sunset after the Madison pipeline project is complete.
“The reason we did that is because the amendment was brought forward by Councilman Rothleutner, and he was not able to attend tonight. So, in all fairness, we thought we’d wait for him to get here, and look at possibly rescinding that.”
Opseth said the other council members wanted to make sure that Councilman Rothleutner was able to contribute his point of view to that discussion. Opseth added that the renewed interest in discussing the sunset amendment to the ordinance came about after the council was contacted by one of Campbell County’s legislative members.
“Michael Von Flatern gave us some information about how the State would probably look at that, so we are looking at probably taking the sunset clause out at this point in time.”
Senator Von Flatern provided these comments outside the council chambers last night:
“Conserving water is always a good idea. And I really don’t want them to put a sunset in there, which is kind of telling everybody, including, you know, our constituents here, that, you know, it’s only a good idea to conserve water when you’re short. But once you’ve got it - go for it.”
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