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Committee Airbnb conversation hits boiling point

 

August 20, 2019

Havre Daily News/Ryan Berry

Lori and Steve Freier watch from the back row and call out in objection while Kerma Boyum speaks during an ordinance meeting Monday, at Havre City Hall in defense of creating an Airbnb in her home. Multiple back-and-forth exchanges between Boyum, her husband Joe Sarmiento, and opposing attendees like the Freiers caused Chair Caleb Hutchins to threaten ending the meeting prematurely to avoid more conflict.

The chair of Havre City Council's Ordinance Committee nearly adjourned a meeting Monday when a heated argument erupted regarding Airbnbs, with people in the audience exchanging profanities and obscene gestures.

"This is not appropriate. This is not an appropriate time for this, if it is going to go like that we are going to have to close the meeting," Chair Caleb Hutchins said.

City Council member and Ordinance Committee Chair Caleb Hutchins informed community members if the meeting continued in that manner the Ordinance Committee would have to adjourn the meeting.

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