The irony of Tuesday night’s Redwood Falls city council meeting may have been lost on those in attendance, as they discussed the repeal of two ordinances relating to games of skill such as billiards and pool; on the other side of town Redwood Area Theatre thespians were singing about “trouble in River City…that stands for pool.”
The irony of Tuesday night’s Redwood Falls city council meeting may have been lost on those in attendance, as they discussed the repeal of two ordinances relating to games of skill and billiards and pool. On the other side of town RAT thespians were singing about “trouble in River City…that stands for pool.” The first reading of proposed Ordinance 39, Fourth Series repealing current city ordinances 6.20 - Games of Skill and 6.22 - Billiards and Pool was conducted during the meeting Tuesday, and according to Amy Busse, city attorney, the ordinance would be further discussed at the Aug. 5 meeting. The city periodically reviews existing city ordinances to determine whether or not they are still relevant, and Busse said she and Sue Wessels, deputy clerk, researched the two ordinances and determined the two do not serve a public purpose. “It seems these two ordinances are out of date,” said Busse, adding the research done by the city revealed other area communities do not have similar ordinances on the books. Busse said there are currently three pool tables in the community and 18 games of skill, which bring in $420 in revenue annually. She added that does not take into account the staff time and postage costs to renew the permits each year. John Buckley, city council member, surmised the initial reason for the ordinances likely had to do with past days when many communities believed pool tables brought trouble to a city, and the ordinances were likely established to keep an eye on those who were offering them in town. Mark Dressen, Redwood Falls police chief, who was in attendance, confirmed there had not been any issues relating to pool tables or games of skill in the city. The city is going to discuss the proposed ordinance again at its next meeting and could approve repealing the existing ordinances at the Aug. 5 meeting. In other action during its meeting, the council: • Accepted the resignation of Ross Rooda from his position with the Redwood Falls Police Department effective July 23 and ap-proved the start of the pro-cess to hire a new officer. • Approved a temporary on-sale 3.2 percent malt liquor application for the Church of St. Catherine. • Heard the FEMA representatives were going to be in town Wednesday to assess flood damage.