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Carbondale initiates the discussion about allowing open containers in town

March 19, 2014
The consumption of alcohol out at Carbondale's Wild West Rodeo on county road 100 is a tricky situation for Carbondale's board of trustees. The town owns the land, but it's in Garfield County's jurisdiction outside Carbondale town limits. And while open consumption of a beer at a town park on Main Street is forbidden, it's a practice that happens often and without any significant incidents out at the arena... thanks to security guards and careful attention by the rodeo's organizers.

While the trustees didn't arrive at a solution at their weekly meeting, trustees Allyn Harvey and Pam Zentmyer did suggest the idea of allowing open containers in Carbondale and on town owned properties, like the rodeo arena.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Harvey after the meeting to find out more about what motivated he and Zentmyer to direct town staff to look into allowing open containers.
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Trustees Zentmyer and Harvey on open containers in Carbondale

At this week's Carbondale trustee meeting, a discussion of the town’s Wild West Rodeo led to a surprising motion to look into allowing open containers in Carbondale and on town property. Trustees Pam Zentmyer and Allyn Harvey initiated the conversation, directing town staff to look in what such an ordinance would require. Zentmyer and Harvey dropped by the KDNK studios Wednesday morning during our weekly trustee report to discuss the issue of open containers with Trustee Report host Steve Skinner.

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