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Council to update junk regulations

Collin Smith

Other action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Approved the renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Vallartas Restaurant & Mexican Cuisine at 1111 W. Victory Way.

• Appointed Jason Wilensky and Liane Davis-Kling as alternates to the city Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Advisory Board.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s outdoor vendor regulations. City officials said taxpayers were not protected well enough by existing bond requirements and made it so vendors must provide higher-value bonds, depending on how much they anticipate making in sales.

The Craig City Council revisited its trash codes during its meeting Tuesday night.

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The Council approved the introduction of an ordinance that would make it easier to force residents to remove “junk” from their property.

The current ordinance states that “usable” materials are permitted, City Attorney Kenny Wohl said, which has made it difficult to enforce regulations designed to protect public health, safety and welfare.

The new codes are more in line with what health and safety laws are about, Wohl added.

In them, junk is redefined to include things that are unsightly, interfere with the “reasonable enjoyment of property by neighbors,” hurt property values or hamper firefighters.

Wohl said the new ordinance is “pretty much the same as the one in Steamboat” Springs.

The Council will vote on the ordinance twice more during its next two meetings before it officially passes, which would put ratification some time in January.

Councilors did not comment on the ordinance at the meeting, but Wohl left it open for them to suggest refinements before the next vote.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or cesmith@craigdailypress.com

Other action

At its Tuesday meeting, the Craig City Council:

• Approved the renewal of the hotel and restaurant liquor license for Vallartas Restaurant & Mexican Cuisine at 1111 W. Victory Way.

• Appointed Jason Wilensky and Liane Davis-Kling as alternates to the city Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Advisory Board.

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance amending the city’s outdoor vendor regulations. City officials said taxpayers were not protected well enough by existing bond requirements and made it so vendors must provide higher-value bonds, depending on how much they anticipate making in sales.