Rock Springs City Council Preview

Rock Springs City Council Preview

ROCK SPRINGS – Several items involving alcohol establishments will be up for their annual renewal at the Rock Springs City Council meeting on Tuesday night. These include liquor licenses and approval of the dates for the all-nighters.

The council will have a public hearing on the different city liquor licenses before taking action on their renewal. They include the 27 retail liquor licenses, the two bar and grill liquor licenses which are Coyote Creek and Franklin Restaurant, the three limited liquor licenses which are the Elks, Eagles and American Legion, Bitter Creek Brewing microbrewery license, the resort license of the Holiday Inn, The Inn and The Outlaw Inn and the 11 restaurant liquor licenses throughout the city.

The renewal is good for a year starting April 1 of this year and running until March 31 of 2015.

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The Rock Springs Liquor Dealer’s Association also submitted their request for the four All-Nighters. The dates they are requesting are Saturday, March 15 for St. Patricks Day, Saturday, Aug 2 for the Sweetwater County Big Show, Saturday Oct. 25 for Halloween and Wednesday, December 31 for New Years.

The council will also vote to appoint a new member to the Rock Springs Bar and Grill License Committee to fill Councilwoman Rose Mosbey’s term. The name which has been submitted to the council is Matthew Jackman.

Finally there are several liquor catering and malt beverage requests before the council on Tuesday.

The is a request from Varley Merchantile, Point of Rocks, for a liquor catering permit on March 8 for the Godine Family medical Benefit at the Sweetwater Events Complex from 6 p.m. to midnight. This request will also need the approval of the Sweetwater County Commissioners.

On March 1, the Ponderosa Bar, Inc., is requesting a liquor catering permit for the Muley Fanatic Foundation Fundraiser which will also take place at the Sweetwater Events Complex from 3 p.m. to midnight. The request needs the approval of the Green River City Council as well.

Lews Inc. has two requests for liquor catering permits both involving the Urban Renewal Agency. The first request if for the URA Chocolate Festival on March 8 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Rock Springs Historical Museum.

The second is for the URA Hats and Horses event on May 3 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Broadway Theater.

Fire labor agreement and Fire Truck

On Tuesday, the Rock Springs City Council will vote on the 2012-2014 Collective Labor Agreement with the Firefighters Local 1499, I.A.F.F.

There should finally be a resolution of the fate of the 1982 LaFrance Fire Truck as two items are on the Tuesday agenda. Currently, there is a request from an Idaho Department to buy the fire truck on the table.

On Tuesday, the Rock Springs City Council has scheduled a second public hearing on the request. During the first public hearing, Councilman Rob Zotti argued to keep the truck from being scrapped. He said it should go to a department that could use it.

The Idaho Department put in a request but that was later tabled after Sweetwater County Commissioner John Kolb brought forward several issues in the county which the fire truck could remedy.

On Tuesday, the council will vote on a Memorandum of Understanding with the county to send the truck to them for $100.

The council will also decide whether to keep Charlie Barnum on the Fire Civil Service Commission for a fourth term.


Since getting a new director, the URA has been very active in the community again and this will continue on Tuesday, as they are requesting permission to bid construction and renovation of the Bunning Transfer Building project.