Council to discuss controversial ordinance

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As the debate on teen smoking proceeds to a new level, supporters of a proposed tobacco ordinance are gaining support in their battle.

Ordinance No. 902, which prohibits the possession of tobacco among teenagers, will be introduced Tuesday night at the City Council meeting.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in Council chambers of Craig City Hall.

Last week, the Moffat County School District Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution supporting the group, Citizens Against Youth Tobacco Use (CAYTU), a coalition formed to bring to light the hazards and problems minors face by using tobacco products.

"I think that it is important that we show our support for this ordinance to pass," Ridgeview Elementary School Principal Pete Bergmann said. "Our schools support a "no-tobacco use" policy, and I think that we should do the same in the community. The risks associated with teen smoking are evident, and I think that they need to be addressed.

"It is really a double-standard here in Craig with the way that the law is currently set up," he said. "According to the law, it is all right to possess a pack of cigarettes, but not all right to purchase a pack. Hopefully, this ordinance can show the legislators where they may have let the ball drop on this issue."

CAYTU member Pres Askew believes parents should act as role models rather than turning a blind eye to what is happening in Craig.

"We need to be role models to these children because they can't be expected to do it on their own," he said. "There is a lot of peer pressure involved with children at that age, which makes it even more difficult for these kids to turn down products that their friends may be offering them. If we don't show them how to make the right decisions early in their life, we are going to be the ones responsible for their actions later on."

In other business:

The Council will consider the renewal of a 3.2 percent liquor license for Loaf N' Jug, 2441 W. Victory Way. Loaf N' Jug recently received a 10-day suspension after getting its third citation for selling alcohol to minors.

The Council will hear a request for a variance for a front yard setback for a covered porch at 865 Villa View Dr. requested by Larry D. Johns.

The Council will hear a request for a variance for a front yard setback for a covered porch at 456 Tucker St. by David Gowdy.

A public hearing will be held to consider the vacation of a street right-of-way at Schrader Avenue and Ledford Street, requested by Dave LaTafoya.

A public hearing will be held to consider the renewal of a conditional use permit for a nursery/garden center on Lots 1-4, Block 20, at 690 Yampa Ave., as requested by Robert L. and Sharon A. Meckley.

A bid will be awarded for a multi-deck rotary mower for the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Council will consider approving a right-of-way easement with Yampa Valley Electric Association. The easement would authorize an overhead and underground electrical system to the sludge lagoons south of Craig.

Change Order No. 1 for the 2001 Asphalt Overlay Project will be considered. The changes will bring the total contract amount to $227,832.95.

The Council will consider approving a $2,500 membership to the Western Colorado Marketing Alliance.

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