City employees may soon be able to pack heat if City Council goes along with Mayor Steve Bach’s proposal to modify the Civilian Personnel Policies and Procedures manual.
Bach is expected to pitch the change in policy during Tuesday’s formal City Council meeting, which also has new marijuana laws, watering restrictions and amendments to the city’s water shortage ordinance on the agenda.
The proposal to revise the city’s personnel manual would allow employees to carry a concealed firearm in the workplace, as long as they comply with permit requirements and local and state law. Current law forbids the practice for city employees, but elected officials and the public can carry concealed guns in most city facilities.
Council is also being asked to amend city code to address the ramifications of Amendment 64, which legalized cultivation, possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana. The proposed amendments would prohibit the use of marijuana in public, or in a motor vehicle while in public, and make clear that people 21 and older can legally possess up to 1 ounce of pot.
“The passage of Amendment 64 created a need for new ordinances to address consumption of marijuana in public and a motor vehicle. At this time, there are no ordinances that cover these situations,” according to a statement from Police Chief Pete Carey on the formal agenda.
Monday’s informal council meeting will include a follow-up to the group’s consideration of oil and gas regulations. At a Jan. 15 work session, the council had questions about the proposed ordinance, and city staff was directed to come up with responses. Staff will make its presentation, and also review the outcome of Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission’s Feb. 11 rulemaking session.
Both meetings begin at 1 p.m. at City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.