The City of Clarkson is one step closer to becoming a smoke-free community after the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places was reviewed and voted on at the Monday, Feb. 13 Clarkson City Commission meeting.
Much of the meeting was spent discussing how to police the ordinance after Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith voiced concerns as to how the ordinance would be enforced.
It was decided the city officials would issue a letter to any violators before the police officers would be involved in any violation.
The motion was made by City Commissioner Kay Gibson to accept the ordinance as written, with the addition of the workplace added to the statement describing the public places where this will be enforced.
The motion was seconded by City Commissioner Joyce Bell and passed unanimously.
Mayor Bonnie Henderson was absent from the meeting because of the death of her family member.
The second and final reading of the ordinance will be held at the March 13 Clarkson City Commission Meeting.
In other business:
• A proclamation was proclaimed recognizing March 2 as Read Across America. The date falls on Dr. Seuss’s 113th birthday, and, traditionally, Henderson has read his stories to the children of Clarkson Elementary School.
• The date of April 15 was decided for the Clarkson Easter Egg Hunt
• City Commissioner Ed Schott asked if the city had any interest in starting a library in Clarkson.
“If I find the funding and property and establish a Friends of the Library group, would you be interested in pursuing the idea?” said Schott.
It was decided the idea was worth looking into.
• The blood drive held in Clarkson on Saturday, Feb. 11 was deemed a success by the Red Cross. The goal was 33 units, and 39 units were collected.
Reach Theresa Armstrong at 270-259-9622, ext. 2011.