At the January 22 meeting Councilman Gary Lewis made a comment about certain convenience stores in the city did not have restrooms available for the public’s use. He allegedly referred to those stores operated by “the Indians or whatever we’re going to call them.”
In her statement Moore said “the topic of access to restrooms within private businesses…should not have been” presented at the meeting and regretted “the discussion was even held.
“Access to toilet facilities is something that can be handled through the enforcement of an ordinance by the appropriate governing authority, be it the city, county or health department”
Moore said “as facilitator of these meetings, I pledge to try to keep this body’s focus on the business it has been charged with carrying out.”
After the Tuesday’s meeting Lewis said the mayor handled the situation fine and agreed with her statement.
The council also discussed the possibility of amending the city’s alcoholic beverages code. Prior to the meeting Council John Riggs has asked for a work session on possible changes. Council members have been presented with proposed changes drawn up City Attorney Alvin Leaphart which will be taken up at a future work session.