At last night's Gillette City Council meeting the council had consideration on first reading
of an ordinance to amend the Gillette city code concerning enforcement of section 17-21 by special municipal officers. City administrator Carter Napier informed council members the primary focus would be the "no watering on Mondays" aspect of the water-wasting ordinance.
“What we need to do now is update the ordinance that is being read for the first time in amended form with regard to authorizing individuals as special municipal officers that can write citations with regards to the enforcement of that ordinance as it should be necessary.”
Napier said those individuals would include the community service officers, the code compliance inspectors, and the sustained ability coordinator. That ordinance passed on its first of three readings by a four to three vote. Gillette city councilman Kevin McGrath was one of the no votes along with Forest Rothleutner and Robin Kuntz. McGrath said that his no vote centered on concern for safety of city staff.
“If you want to say the police come over and issue a citation, I’ll support it; but I can’t support it when somebody that has never been trained in the use of any of this dealing with the public and dealing with how to issue a ticket, and setting court dates and explaining that. I’m looking at the safety of the city employees.”
The next vote on the ordinance is scheduled for June 3rd.