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Will Banks go tobacco-free?

City officials solicit online feedback on potential ordinance


The Banks City Council met last Tuesday, March 11. Here are a few items of note:

n Councilors voted to appoint Stephanie Harr and Michael Lyda to the Banks Budget Committee.

n The city was recently awarded an $80,000 Transportation and Growth Management grant for bike and pedestrian pathways. Councilors will next discuss the selection of a consultant.

n The council heard a presentation from Carla Bennett of the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services about making Banks city properties smoke- and tobacco-free. The ordinance could potentially make smoking tobacco, including pipes, cigarettes and cigars, illegal on city property. It would also potentially make the use of chewing tobacco, electronic cigarettes and nicotine products on city property illegal. The council is considering the possibility, said City Manager Jolynn Becker, and will discuss it at future council meetings. Public comment is welcome and can be sent to city officials online. Go to cityofbanks.org and click on the “contact us” option on the left-hand tab.

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