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Police looking to tighten reins on New Year’s

Anticipating a great hullabaloo this New Year’s Eve, South Lake Tahoe Police are asking City Council members to approve an ordinance outlawing cans, bottles and other beverage containers within the Stateline area during the festivities.

“We already have an ordinance prohibiting open beverages,” said Sgt. Les Scott of the South Lake Tahoe Police Department. “We’re trying to deal with not only the alcohol but also the danger of containers which can be used as weapons. The only thing they would be allowed to have (after passage of the ordinance) is plastic cups – and we would check the contents of those anyway.”

The ordinance, similar to the one Douglas County adopted in 1990, would prohibit any liquid container made wholly or partially of glass, metal or ceramic materials between 6 p.m. Dec. 31 and 6 a.m. Jan. 1.

“Past experience has shown that cans and bottles have been used as weapons against both citizens and officers, often resulting in injury,” wrote Janet McDougal, legal analyst for the city, in a report to the City Council. “It is anticipated that this annual problem will be greatly exacerbated during the upcoming year 2000 celebration.”

The proposed ordinance is on the council’s agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, at 6 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

In further council business:

n Designation of May 1999 as Disability Awareness Month in the city of South Lake Tahoe.

n First of two readings for city code sections relating to zoning and design standards.

n Authorization for Mayor Judy Brown to sign an agreement between the city of South Lake Tahoe and Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, Inc., for engineering services for the Rocky Point Erosion Control Project.

n Midyear budget review.

n Adoption of fiscal year 1998/99 capital improvement projects.

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