Council to hear introduction of youth tobacco ordinance

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Things should be somewhat calmer this week in City Council chambers, as the issue of the Ironclad Trailer park has now been laid to rest.

At its May 8 meeting, the Council voted unanimously to close the park after owner George May refused to abide by an agreement drawn out by the city in the fall of 1999. The agreement required him to build a fence, repair roads and install lighting in the park.

At one point in the meeting, a police officer was brought in to oversee the meeting after a heated exchange between Councilman Don Jones and one of May's supporters.

This week, though, things should be back to normal when the Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.

The Council will once again address the issue of youth tobacco possession through the introduction of Ordinance 902. The ordinance adds a new chapter to the Craig Municipal Code, prohibiting the possession and sale of tobacco products to minors. The Council held a workshop four weeks ago, hearing from concerned citizens who would like the city to adopt an ordinance that makes possession of tobacco by minors a punishable offense. Several other Colorado communities have similar ordinances.

"We are not looking to lock these kids up, but simply show them that smoking is not something they should be doing at a young age," said Pres Askew, member of the Citizens Against Youth Tobacco Use (CAYTU). "As adults, we are supposed to act as role models for children, and by letting this continue, we are not acting responsibly."

In other business:

The Council will look at issuing a special events permit for the Ride 'N' Tie Rodeo Association for the June 16 Whittle da Wood Wandezvous to be held at City Park. The Ride N' Tie Rodeo Association will also be seeking approval of a permit for its July 20-21 rodeo which will be at the Moffat County Fairgrounds.

The Council will hold a public hearing to consider placing a modular home on Tracts 61 and 62 of Harris-Owen Subdivision at 1520 Yampa Ave.

A public hearing will be set for 7:30 p.m. June 26 to consider vacating a street right-of-way at Schrader Avenue and Ledford Street for Dave Tafoya. A hearing will also be set to consider the renewal of a conditional use permit for a nursery/garden center at 690 Breeze Street for Robert Meckley, owner Tunies and Such Nursery.

The Council will hear the introduction of a waterline extension project to the west of Round Bottom water tank. They will also consider an out-of-city water use agreement for a lot off of Moffat County Road 7, north of Shadow Mountain, Lot #3, in the Country Meadow Subdivision.

Finance director Bruce Nelson will present the April financial report.

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