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Aldermen reject vaping ban

By Jebb Johnston


A proposed expansion of Corinth's public smoking ban to include electronic cigarettes made it onto the agenda of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen but failed to ignite.

The board unanimously passed a motion Tuesday evening to decline to amend the ordinance banning smoking in public places. There was little discussion of the item beyond a couple of comments from aldermen that vaping in public does not appear to be an issue in local business establishments.

Aldermen had received for a review a copy of Tupelo's smoking ordinance, which deals with vaping in addition to tobacco products.

The board recently heard a talk from youth with the Tobacco Free Coalition about the hazards of vaping, particularly the use of Juul products among students.

As the ordinance stands, smoking is prohibited in enclosed public places, city-owned facilities, employment places and some outdoor areas.

In other actions:

• The board approved a $525,000 repair and maintenance budget amendment for the street department, pending the city attorney's review, for surfacing work on Shiloh Road east of the previously surfaced section. The road has been damaged by heavy equipment during construction of the drainage project.

• The board rejected bids for the construction of sidewalks on the block surrounding the new Commerce Bank office on Taylor Street. The bids were deemed too far out of line with the engineering estimate, and the project will go out for bids again.

• Aldermen approved rezoning of the old fire station property at the corner of Thomas Street and Sixth Street from neighborhood commercial to R-1 single-family residential. The person who purchased the property plans to use it as a house.

• Property cleanup action includes a final 30-day continuance for 2301 Louisiana Street, a final two-week continuance for 1300 Gaines Road and 60 days for 901 North Fillmore Street (First United Methodist Church).

• The board approved street closure on Wick Street from Fillmore to Franklin for Summer Nights in SoCo, May 16 and June 13, 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Slugburger Festival, July 11-13, gained a temporary beer permit and closure of the parking lot at Fillmore and Cruise.