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City could require for-profit vendors to be licensed for nonprofit events

Posted: Wednesday, Mar 15th, 2017

KEMMERER — During the March 13 Kemmerer City Council meeting, city officials presented the first reading of ordinance 2017-853, which will require for-profit vendors to obtain business licenses at all nonprofit events. The first reading was passed by a vote of 4-3. Those in favor were council members Bobby Reetz, Eric Rudy, Kate Zimmerman, and Mayor Tony Tomassi. Those opposed were Robert Bowen, David Crosland and David McGinnis.

The council spent more than 30 minutes discussing and debating the proposed ordinance.

Currently, as stated in city code, a vendor attending a nonprofit organization’s event does not require a business license. For example, the Oyster Ridge Music Festival is a nonprofit event and if the bill passes all of the for-profit vendors will need to buy a business license to participate in the festival. Other events that may be affected are Fossilfest and Main Street Farmers Market.

One added mention was the license application will include a criminal background check on the individuals obtaining the business permit. Staff took notes and will make amendments as requested by the council for the second reading. Bill Price spoke during the public comment and opposed the ordinance.

Price also opposed the closing of the Crafter’s Cottage Visitor Center bathrooms located on Triangle Park. The bathrooms were closed about a month ago during non-business hours. Visitors could still use the bathrooms by accessing them from inside the center.

“Due to the high amount of snow we received this year, the city was unable to keep the back entrance cleared,” said City Administrator Andrew Nelson. “During the late spring/early summer season, the restrooms will be open for extended time beyond the business hours of Crafter’s Cottage.”

Eddie Ourada approached the podium and invited those present to attend the Wyoming Veterans “Welcome Home” Day on Monday, April 3, at the South Lincoln Training and Events Center.

In other business, the council approved the Kemmerer Airport crack seal project in the amount of $3,039 and the submission of a grant application to Lincoln County Recreation Commission for various equipment replacement at the Recreation Center.

An agreement extension was approved for trapping animals within city limits and 1st Bank will be the city depository for the year 2017. The council also approved the grant application to the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security for $5,600 to replace iPads in patrol cars. A malt beverage permit was also approved for the Oyster Ridge Music Festival.

In closing, the following liaisons were appointed: Zoning Board, Bobby Reetz; Fossil Basin Promotion Board, Kate Zimmerman; Recreation Advisory, Eric Rudy; Airport, Mayor Tony Tomassi; and Joint Powers Board, David Crosland.

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