East Carbon City Council discusses changes to Community Daze dance


ConcernsВ surroundingВ the Community Daze dance spurred some lively debate in East Carbon’s City Council meeting Tuesday evening.

East Carbon Chief of Police Sam Leonard approached the council and gave his direct opinion on the matter.

“I do not think it is a good idea in my opinion. I do not think it is good for the community,” he said. “I do not think the city should sponsor it in any way, shape, or form.”

Leonard explained that laws are broken at the dance, including underage drinking.

Other opinions about the dance came from Mayor Orlando LaFontaine, Councilwoman Barbara Robinett, and Councilman Dave Maggio.

“I think we are going to struggle to keep it alcohol free,” said Mayor LaFontaine when asked about the option of zero alcohol tolerance at the dance.

Robinett suggested keeping the dance and that the city put up signs for alcohol free zones.

Maggio also suggested the dance continue but with a zero tolerance for lawbreaking.

In the end the council decided to table the matter until the next meeting. The dance will remain on the agenda. Community response concerning the matter is welcome.

Other notes from the meeting:

Leonard became critical incident certified, which will enable him to better cooperate with the mentally ill.

Joey Moosemen approached the council about a parcel of East Carbon property for lease. Mooseman wants to lease the property to use for free range horses. The council agreed to look at the property to assure that it is indeed East Carbon property. The matter was tabled until the next meeting.

The walking trail in East Carbon will undergo trail cleaning May 20.

Mayor LaFontaine claimed that the ATV trail will be finished with updates soon.

The East Carbon Cemetery will be undergoing prep work for a series of projects to update and beautify the area. Leonard suggested that East Carbon families be given the option to purchase a memorial tree for the cemetery. The council thought it was a good idea and will look into the matter further.

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