Not so fast: Tenant protection ordinance nearly balks at first reading
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Despite having voted 3-2 in favor of moving tenant protections forward to ordinance, councilors again became lost in the weeds and the process came close to derailing without a vote at the regular Monday night meeting.
Bob Lenz continued to harp on a preference for a 50-day notice rather than a 30-day notice. He and Don Frank also thought the potential fine of $750 per day, per violation was onerous to landlords.
Some councilors were still unclear on what the ordinance was stating and how it worked with state statute. When frustration and confusion reached a peak, town administrator Bob McLaurin suggested the council hit pause and send the ordinance back to a workshop.
“This is not ready, in my opinion,” McLaurin interjected. “We are breaking new ground here. When you asked us to draft something, we scoured the country for mountain resort towns doing something like this and no one is. We would be the first.”
Mayor Pete Muldoon pushed for a vote despite the languishing, and again he was joined in the majority by Jim Stanford and Hailey Morton Levinson. Lenz and Frank remained opposed to the ordinance. It must be read twice more to become local law.