The fight over a proposed smoking ban will come to a head on Monday night as the Sedalia City Council votes to approve an ordinance that will prohibit smoking in public areas, including bars and restaurants.
Council fist discussed a possible ordinance in early April when the Clean Air Committee made a presentation about the need for a smoking ban. Since then, there has been a change of leadership with new Ward 4 Councilman Larry Stevenson taking over Ken Nortons seat and a battle between the council members. In meetings and work sessions discussing the ordinance, council couldnt agree on whether to ban smoking in three key areas bars, private clubs and restaurants or if the ordinance should be put to a public vote.
Today the council will vote on the current draft of the ordinance, which bans smoking in nearly all public places with the exception of private clubs unless a public event, such as bingo, is being held. This is a compromise from the across-the-board ban that Ward 1 Councilmembers Steve Galliher and Jo Lynn Turley and Ward 4 Councilman Tollie Rowe preferred, and the bars-are-excluded option that Ward 2 Council members Becca La Strada and Wanda Monsees, Ward 3 Councilmembers Bob Cross and Wiley Walter and Ward 4 Councilman Larry Stevenson wanted.
During the meeting council will also vote to:
Approve the purchase of modified aggregate quick set street treatment from Donelson Construction; $236,363.04.
Approve a bid to APAC-Missouri for mill and overlay work on various city streets; $184,900.
Approve a bid to Braik Brothers Tree Care for yard waste grinding; $37,604.
Approve a bid to Dukes Root Control Inc. for root control issues near sewer lines; $15,678.
Approve the purchase of mobile radio upgrades for the Sedalia Police Department which will provide communications between local, state and federal agencies; $25,200 paid through a Missouri Communications Assistance Program grant.
Approve an ordinance repealing 15-minute parking restrictions in front of 122 S. Ohio Ave. and the corner of East Second Street and South Ohio Avenue.
Approve a resolution allowing the SPD to apply for a U.S. Bureau of Justice grant.
Approve an ordinance dealing with public utility and road easements for Mernards Plaza Plat 2.
The Sedalia City Council pre-meeting will start at 6 p.m. in the mayors conference room with the regular meeting immediately following at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Municipal Building, 200 S. Osage Ave. For more information call 827-3000.
SEDALIA CLEAN INDOOR AIR ACT
SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN:
Bars where the serving of food is incidental
Licensed child care and adult day care facilities
Within 20 feet of entrances to public buildings
All city parks and playgrounds
SMOKING IS ALLOWED IN:
Private homes and vehicles
Designated hotel and motel rooms
Private or semi-private rooms in nursing homes
Private clubs, except when a public event such as Bingo is being held
Retail tobacco stores
Restaurant patio areas
For a complete list of where smoking would be prohibited if the act passes, go to cityofsedalia.com.