At last night's Gillette City Council Meeting there was no change in the vote to rezone the old recreation center property. The third and final 5-2 vote will clear the way for plans to locate a new Pioneer Manor at the site. During the public comment portion of three readings, there was no shortage of objections from the public to the location. Its proximity to the South Douglas Highway and the Cemetery where among concerns raised.
City Council President Kevin Mcgrath and Councilman John Opseth both consistently voted against the rezoning. Opseth who has not spoke up often during discussion, had this to say about his stance on the issue.
“This property was rezoned two years ago. I’m not convinced that it’s time to rezone it again. That’s my opinion and I’ve heard the opinion of many people in Gillette that are opposed to it.”--Opseth
Just before the final votes were voiced, City Councilman Robin Kuntz said the decision was among the toughest he's every experienced on the council. And added though he was admittedly on the fence for much of the discussion, he believes local leaders got it right.