WILLIAMSBURG — Officials in Williamsburg revisited the city’s smoking ordinance during Monday’s city council meeting.
In May, the issue was discussed at length during the Williamsburg City Council’s regular monthly meeting, where officials with the Whitley County Health Department were on-hand to provide information concerning ESDs and the health risks associated with their use.
On Monday night, council members along with Williamsburg City Attorney Kim Frost discussed potential amendments to the ordinance.
“The only thing to include vaping or e-cigarettes that we would need to amend is the definition of the word smoking,” Frost said.
Frost read to council members a summary of the first reading of the amended ordinance:
— to include electronic smoking devices as being a prohibited method of smoking whereas the city council previously adopted ordinance #13002 which prohibits smoking in all buildings open to the public or places of employment and the use of electronic smoking devices should be regulated therein
— smoking means inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted or heated tobacco or plant product intended for inhalation included hookahs and marijuana whether natural or synthetic in any manner or in any form. Smoking also included the use of an electronic smoking device which creates an aerosol or vapor in any manner or any form or the use of any oral smoking device for the purpose of circumventing the prohibition of smoking in this ordinance.
In writing the ordinance, Frost said she chose her language in hopes to be proactive and cover some things in advance.
“The ordinance is really good and covers a lot of features,” Frost added.
Council member Erika Harris asked how the ordinance applied to the University of the Cumberlands campus.
“It covers all the enclosed buildings and within 15 feet of any exit, entrance, ventilation system, window and handicap ramp,” Frost said.
Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison said it wouldn’t impact students walking around the campus.
A second reading of the amended ordinance will be heard next before it becomes effective.
In other council business:
—Halloween trick-or-treating hours have been set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31. Trick or treating at the campground will be on October 26 from 4-7 p.m.
—The council awarded King-Crete Solutions the bid to start work on the Mt. Morgan road issues. There were two bids and the council selected the lowest bid. Harrison said the job, which is part of a FEMA project, is an extensive project.
—A resolution was passed proclaiming September as City Government Month. Harrison said he encourages teachers to at some point (not necessarily in September) use the lesson plans that the Kentucky League of Cities has supplied via website called Munici Pals.
—Council members had great things to say about Old Fashioned Trading Days, specifically how wonderful the sanitation department worked.