EVANSTON — Evanston City Council members at the Dec. 18 meeting each stated their thanks and appreciation to Wendy Schuler who will leave the council in the New Year to serve as a state senator. In appreciation of Schuler’s eight years of service on the city council, Mayor Kent Williams presented her with a commemorative plaque and an Evanston jacket. Schuler thanked everyone and stated that it had been a rewarding experience working with the council and for the city. She wished incoming council member Mikal Welling the best.
Williams said he regretted that Allan “Oop” Hansen was not present at the meeting. Hansen is retiring and the city had a gift of appreciation for him as well. All council members expressed their thanks and commendations to Hansen who has worked for the city for 41 years.
Under new business, there were only three items to be considered. The first was Ordinance 18-07 which Evanston Police Chief Jon Kirby addressed. The ordinance would amend the existing Evanston City Code regarding liquor licenses, hours of operation and other restrictions concerning location and place of sale. This would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages from a licensed building instead of a dispensing room and would allow persons to remain in the restaurant of a licensed building after 2:30 a.m.
Kirby said he saw no problems with the amendments. Council members all agreed that having a restaurant open for 24 hours in the City would be an enhancement. Ordinance 18-07 was passed on first reading by a unanimous vote. There will be two more readings for this ordinance. The request originally came from Painted Lady owner Aundee Steinke.
Kirby also addressed Resolution 18-80, authorizing the execution of a memorandum of understanding with the Uinta County Commission, Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, Uinta County Attorney’s Office and High Country Behavioral Health to facilitate and provide crisis intervention management for individuals subject to emergency detention.
Uinta County Attorney Loretta Howieson-Kallas had already stated at the council work session that all agencies are in favor, and Chief Kirby agreed at the Dec. 18 meeting. The only change to the existing memorandum is that it will be effective for five years instead of just one. The resolution passed with a unanimous vote. Williams commended all the agencies for a great job of working together to provide an important service.
Last on the agenda was Resolution 18-81, which authorizes the execution of a grant agreement with the State of Wyoming through the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund to obtain grant funds to provide stage curtains and rigging for the Evanston Cultural Center at the Strand Theater.
Urban Renewal Coordinator and Main Street Manager Jane Law addressed the resolution. She complimented Evanston’s Sagebrush Community Theatre group which contributed a matching amount of $2,000 to the grant application, along with in-kind donations. The Urban Renewal Agency will make up the rest of the amount needed to meet the grant requirements.
Resolution 18-81 was also approved with a unanimous vote.