(KOTA - Rapid City, SD) After three hours of discussion at last night’s special meeting, residents have learned it will take at one more meeting for the Rapid City Council to decide the fate of a potential masking ordinance.
The vote was in the hands of Mayor Steve Allender, who cast in favor of the masking ordinance, breaking the 5-5 tie, and making the argument this situation is once-in-a-lifetime.
Allender added there won’t be an increased police presence to crack down on masking if the ordinance were to pass.
The mask mandate received Yes votes from Ritchie Nordstrom, Bill Evans, Greg Strommen, as well as Laura Armstong and Darla Drew. Those who voted no were Ron Wifenbach, Jason (Salomon) Salamun, Pat Jones, John Roberts, and Lance Lehman.
One no-voting council member, Jason (Salomon) Salamun, conceded the disease requires precaution, but continued advocating for individual compliance.
The mandate still needs a second reading at a city council meeting before it becomes official.