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City Council to discuss changes in park hours

Christina M. Currie

To alleviate inconsistencies with city policy, the Craig Parks and Recreation Department has proposed changes to park hours.

Policy states parks, with the exception of the tennis courts, are closed after 10 p.m. Since the curfew for Craig teens is midnight on weekends, that gives youth two hours where they really have no place to go and usually hang out in parking lots.

A Craig Police Department task force made up of youth recommended the parks be open until midnight, and it is supported by Police Chief Walt Vanatta.

If the ordinance passes, Parks and Recreation Department will consider installing lights at some basketball courts for night games.

“It’s just kind of a house-cleaning procedure,” Parks and Recreation Department Director Dave Pike said. “It just makes sense.”

The change would also make the ordinance more enforceable for police officers who now have to consider who is allowed in the park and when.

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“It would just be consistent all the way across,” Pike said.

The ordinance will be introduced at the regular City Council meeting Tuesday. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

In other business, Council will:

Consider renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Joseph M. Wenis for the Signal Hill Inn;

Consider renewal of the tavern liquor license for Craig Lanes Bowling Alley;

Consider a request for a variance of a front-yard setback for a covered handicap ramp and entrance at 351 Ranney St.;

Consider the second and final reading of Ordinance 880 concerning the adoption of the 2000 budget;

Hear the first reading of Ordinance 881, a supplemental appropriation ordinance amending the 1999 budget for the City of Craig for additional sludge disposal equipment;

Award a bid for the fuel management system;

Hear the October financial report from Finance Director Bruce Nelson;

Hear a staff report from Water/Wastewater Department Director Joe Theaman.

Council will hear audience comments and then adjourn into and executive session to discuss a personnel matter.