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COUNCIL TAKES STEPS TO CLARIFY CODES 6-28-12 LMS

City Ordinance 12-783 originally contained laws pertaining to three different issues; discharge of firearms within the city limit, a law against open containers of alcoholic beverages in public places and a law about disturbing the peace. That city code has been separated into three separate ordinances.

Ordinance 12-783 now only relates to the illegal discharge of firearms within city limits and Ordinance 12-784 specifically addresses the open container law. Both of those ordinances also detail how to obtain an exemption to the rules.

The firearms ordinance was rewritten so that exceptions can be made for special events such as the Wild West wax bullet Fast Draw competition during this yearís Salmon River Days. The open container ordinance now allows for a legal exemption and a permitting process for special events such as the annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue on Island Park and an upcoming Hot Summer Nights celebration that will be hosted by Bertramís Brewery.

Ordinance 12-785 addresses what constitutes disturbing the peace and spells out penalties pursuant to state code.

At the councilís June 20th meeting the three reading rule was waived and an amendment to allow exemptions to the discharge of firearms was unanimously passed.

The first steps in the ordinance creation process for 12-784 and 12-785 were taken at a special, duly posted City Council meeting held June 27th which was scheduled mainly for that purpose.

In other business during the brief meeting the council approved a draft of next yearís city budget so it can enter the official process of reading the ordinance at three meetings and publishing the proposed budget in the newspaper.

The council also approved a request from the Salmon Valley Chamber of Commerce to close a portion of Water Street on July 6th and 7th for the wax bullet Wild West Fast Draw competition.

The Salmon City Council meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month. Due to the first Wednesday of July being on the 4th the council has voted to observe the holiday and has scheduled its next meeting for July 18th.


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