Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta fields questions about his month-end police report Tuesday night at the Craig City Council meeting.

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Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta fields questions about his month-end police report Tuesday night at the Craig City Council meeting.

Craig City Council extends fireworks, open burn ban 60 days

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Craig City Council extends burn ban for 60 days.

In other action …

During its regular meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:

• Approved, 6-0, July 24 meeting minutes.

• Approved, 6-0, a special events permit for Art in the Park on Sept. 9 hosted by the Parrot Heads.

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of a 3.2-percent beer license for Pizza Hut.

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of a 3.2-percent beer license for Walmart.

• Approved, 6-0, the renewal of a hotel and restaurant liquor license for Best Western Deer Park Inn & Suites.

• Approved, 6-0, the appointments of Dan Martin and Justin Jenison to the Board of Appeals.

• Approved, 6-0, a $39,107 bid from Wastequip for a loaded container handler for the solid waste department.

• Heard a month-end report from Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

• Went into executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

— Council member Byron Willems was absent from Tuesday’s meeting.

With the city’s ordinance banning open burning and the use of fireworks set to expire, the Craig City Council considered Tuesday extending the ordinance an additional 60 days.

Ordinance 1019 was first approved unanimously by council members in June citing the extreme fire danger in the City of Craig.

It was passed in accordance with the city’s home rule charter and was initially executed for a period of 60 days.

Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said the original ordinance was set to automatically expire before the city council’s Aug. 28 meeting.

City attorney Kenny Wohl drafted a reenactment of the ordinance for the council’s consideration Tuesday.

“I think it’s wise planning,” council member Don Jones said. “We haven’t been as fortunate as the people up east or in the south with the moisture they have received.”

The 60-day extension was passed, 6-0, to stay consistent with Stage 2 fire restrictions currently in effect in Moffat County and on Bureau of Land Management land.

The ordinance, as re-enacted Tuesday, maintains its original language and bans the use of all fireworks, explosive devices and all forms of open burning within city limits.

The ordinance also stipulates fines of up to $1,000 and/or jail time for up to 180 days for those deemed to be in violation of the ban.

The ordinance takes effect immediately and does not prevent further re-enactment for another period of 60 days should the fire danger exist at that time.

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