Circus ordinance withdrawn from council consideration

Friday, November 28, 2014

A proposed ordinance that would ban circuses featuring animals from performing in Eureka Springs is dead -- for now.

In a surprising twist of events, Alderman David Mitchell made a motion and Alderwoman Mickey Schneider seconded the motion to have the proposed ordinance removed from the agenda. The council then approved the motion to delate the proposal.

In other business, council members asked City Attorney Tim Weaver to revise the city ordinance regarding CAPC members' residence so that any member of the City Advertising and Promotions Commission can live outside Eureka Springs, as long as they reside within Carroll County and work in the tourism industry -- with the exception of the at-large seat on the commission.

Laura Coker, a citizen who is opposed to water fluoridation, asked the council to request help from the ACLU to fight the state's legislation on water fluoridation.

Alderman James DeVito said the council passed a resolution opposing fluoridation several months ago and that Coker needs to craft a new resolution so the council has something to look at.

"With all due respect, you have told us nothing new tonight," DeVito said.

Coker stood her ground.

"I will simply stipulate that I will gather some fellow citizens and we will file an independent lawsuit because we need to hurry," she said. "I'm offering the city the opportunity to request the assistance of the ACLU or any other appropriate legal agency to file for an injunction and to help fight the cause, which is that it is not lawful for the legislature to prescribe medication on a mass-imposed basis."

The council's next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8.

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