County to review rules for renting facilities for parties
Moffat County commissioners want to crack down on big parties at county facilities.
The commissioners will hold a workshop with department heads from Parks and Recreation, the Moffat County Fairgrounds and the Sheriff’s Office next week to discuss parties at county facilities. The workshop will look at the county’s facility use policies and ways to improve them.
Under the current rules, facility users don’t have to provide security unless admission is charged for an event.
County Commissioner Saed Tayyara said he would like to see security at parties based on the number of people there.
Tayyara said he’ll recommend at the workshop that parties with between 50 and 100 people provide off-duty police officers for security.
“They should have their own security to prevent violence,” Tayyara said.
Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard said having security helps, but it isn’t a guarantee against a party getting out of control.
“We’ve had some that had security get out of hand,” Leonard said.
Off-duty police officers wear their uniforms when they work security, which Leonard said helps stop problems before they start.
“They may be less likely to start any problems,” Leonard said of party-goers.
Moffat County Parks and Recreation director Steve Grandbouche said out-of-control parties haven’t been a major issue, but sometimes there are more people than there should be.
“There’s a little more going on than we were told to start with at times,” Grandbouche said.
Tayyara said he wants to crack down on function that include significantly more attendance than what was indicated when the facility was rented.
“That’s not fair,” Tayyara said. “To me, that’s misleading.”
Alcohol is allowed at invitation-only parties but no glass is allowed and alcoholic beverages have to stay within the rented facility, like a gazebo or picnic area.
Tayyara said he will consider making security mandatory for any parties with alcohol.
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