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Councilors approve exclusion law on 5-2 vote

The Sweet Home City Council last week approved an ordinance that will allow police officers to exclude people from the downtown area after they are cited or arrested for a third offense in a year.

The council held the third reading and voted 5-2 to approve the ordinance, creating an “enhanced law enforcement area,” at its regular meeting on Jan. 14.

Voting to approve the ordinance were Susan Coleman, Diane Gerson, James Goble, Mayor Greg Mahler and Dave Trask. Voting against it were Cortney Nash and Lisa Gourley.

Nash told the council that he wanted to see additional zones throughou...