BUTTE, Mont. -

On Wednesday night, the Butte-Silver Bow Council of Commissioners voted 7 to 5 in favor of a public drinking ordinance that will ban drinking in public from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Butte is one of the only places in the United States that up until now had no restrictions on drinking.

NBC Montana was at the Commissioners meeting and heard the Sheriff and Chief Executive's last attempts to sway the vote that had been expected to end in a tie.

Chief Executive Matt Vincent addressed the council, asking them to vote in favor of the public drinking ordinance, saying there's no shame in changing your mind, and saying Butte-Silver Bow needs to move on to bigger, better, and more important things.

"Enough is enough on this," Vincent said. "We have too many tremendous opportunities that are right in front of us for us to spend any more time or energy on this."

Wednesday night was the final reading of an ordinance that's been in the works for months.

The council, and the town, have been divided on the issue, and many thought the vote would end in a tie.

But Chief Executive Vincent spoke before the measure was voted on.

"There's no in shame in changing your mind if it's for the right reasons and if it's because you're listening and taking in information and processing it," he said to the Commissioners.

Previously, Vincent considered moving the ordinance to a vote of the people, if it was a tie, but spoke strongly Wednesday about how he had changed his mind, mentioning bad press, and advice from outside leaders.

"If I have to hear or read one more quote from a public official referring to defecation or urination in our Uptown, I might vomit," Vincent said with a laugh.

Sheriff Ed Lester also addressed the council, explaining, "we can't improve our community by looking back at our history and wishing things would return to the way they were."

Vincent agreed.

"This is not the same community as it was when it made sense to not limit things that were done around here," he said. "People worked hard and put their lives on the line 24 hours a day, and whenever they got off their shift, by god, they should be allowed to have a drink whenever and wherever they wanted."

In the end, commissioners took their word and voted 7-5 to pass the ordinance, banning open containers after the bars close their doors.

Now that the open container ordinance is officially passed it will go into effect 30 days from Wednesday, November 20.

Public drinking will be banned from the hours of 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. in Butte and the surrounding urban areas, including Walkerville.

But, you can still have open containers of alcohol at any other time of the day.