Sleepy Eye considers adding e-cigarettes to tobacco ordinance

SLEEPY EYE – Following discussion of E-cigarette regulations Tuesday, the Sleepy Eye City Council voiced interest in modifying its tobacco ordinance to include e-cigarettes.

“It’s easiest to modify existing tobacco ordinances. I’ll bring a draft next month,” Sleepy Eye City Manager Mark Kober said. The City currently has a moratorium on the use of e-cigarettes in public buildings.

Ann Christiansen of the American Lung Association said recent new laws enacted by the Minnesota Legislature no longer allow electronic cigarettes in any building owned or operated by the state or city, county, township, school or other political subdivision building, any facility owned by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and the University of Minnesota plus public schools and mall kiosks; and any facilities licensed by the Commissioner of Human Services or Public Health, and must be contained in child-proof containers.

LGA

Kober said the City will see a $7,000 increase in LGA (Local Government Aid) from the State of Minnesota next year. “At least they didn’t cut it,” Kober said.

Snow Addition

City Engineer Dave Palm said Snow First and Second Addition sewer and water service work began recently by an MR Paving & Excavating subcontractor.

Kober said a purchase agreement for Casey’s General Store to buy property in the Snow Project was recently signed.

Recycling

Councilor Judy Beech asked about adding recycling bins to city parks. Councilor Joann Schmidt said bins have been added to several parks and are being used.

Mayor Jim Broich said Fox Sports North recently broadcast a 15-minute piece about Babe Ruth’s October 1922 “barnstorming” appearance at Sleepy Eye ballpark. Kober said the video could be found on Fox Sports North’s website by searching for “Babe Ruth.”

Future city council meetings will be held on Thursday, Aug. 14 and Thursday, Sept. 11.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at fbusch@nujournal.com).

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