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9-year-old asks small northern Colorado town to legalize snowball fights

Sara Knuth
The Greeley Tribune

GREELEY — Dane Best, 9, already knows who he wants to hit with his first snowball when it becomes legal to throw one in Severance, Colorado.

When members of the town board asked him as much during a meeting at the beginning of November, he pointed to his little brother, Dax, 4.

His mom, Brooke Best, said Dane has been talking about snowballs for a month and a half — since he found out that it’s illegal to throw them in town limits. The last time it snowed, Dane and his friends looked over their shoulders for the police and joked about breaking the law.

“I think it’s an outdated law,” Dane said. “I want to be able to throw a snowball without getting in trouble.”

Dane will present a list of reasons why the Severance Town Board should repeal an ordinance that bans people from throwing snowballs in town limits during the board’s regular meeting Monday.

Kyle Rietkerk, the assistant to the Severance town administrator, said he doesn’t expect the town board to put up too much of a fight — officials have been trying get an elementary school student interested in updating the ordinance’s language for about four years.

When Range View Elementary School students visit Severance Town Hall every year as part of a field trip, Rietkerk said, Mayor Donald McLeod and town board members tell the students about the rule, which is part of a larger ordinance that makes it illegal in Severance to throw or shoot stones or missiles at people, animals, buildings, trees, any other public or private property or vehicles.

Snowballs, Rietkerk said, fall under the town’s definition of “missiles.” Town officials said they think it’s been technically illegal to throw snowballs in Severance since the town was founded, making the rule nearly a century old. The ban is not enforced, Rietkerk said, but the ordinance still makes it illegal for Dane and his fellow Severance residents to throw snowballs.

“All of the kids always get blown away that it’s illegal to have snowball fights in Severance,” Rietkerk said. “So what ends up happening is they always encourage the kids with, ‘You have the power. You can change the law.’”

Read more at GreeleyTribune.com

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