In the first meeting of the year, the Farmington Board of Alderman voted unanimously to pass a new ordinance for a city wide ban on smoking.
“All businesses within the city will be smoke free,” said Mayor Dale Fortenberry. “That is for all kinds of smoking, including electronic cigarettes.”
The board said smokers would have to be at least 15 feet from a business entrance in order to smoke.
Farmington is one of more than 65 cities in the state to go smoke free. The City of Corinth voted to go smoke free in November 2007, while Rienzi city officials voted to ban smoking in January 2011. Some lawmakers have been pushing for a statewide ban on smoking for several years.
The Farmington board addressed another ordinance during the meeting.
“The street solicitation ordinance would prevent charitable street solicitors who want to stand in street intersections and collect money for charity,” said City Attorney Greg E. Beard.
“The big deal is the KC Parkway and Farmington Road intersection,” added Fortenberry. “That kind of thing can’t happen there, because of safety reasons.”
The board passed the street solicitation ordinance.
Engineer Ricky Newcomb presented a new set of property easement maps to the board. The city will use the remaining $61,000 of EPA Region 4 grant money. The grant, given to the city as part of the Small Municipal and Limited Population Counties Grant Program, will help cover the costs of adding homes to the city’s sewer system.
“We are going to be able to add an additional 12 to 14 homes to the sewer system,” said Newcomb. “The homes will be on the east end of Farmington Road.”
Newcomb said the city will advertise for bids in March.
Alderman Jeff Patterson brought concern to the board about loose dogs and chickens in his neighborhood.
“My neighbors are killing me about this,” said Patterson. “Something has got to be done.”
There are four or five black dogs with no collars or tags that were apparently “dropped off” sometime after Christmas around Country Road 238, Patterson added.
“We have been out there and haven’t seen any chickens, but we’ll go back and watch until they show up” said Farmington Police Chef Tommy Holmes. “We’re take care of it as soon as possible.”
Patterson said these dogs are aggressive and “very hard to catch.”
The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Farmington City Hall on Farmington Road. The public is welcome to attend.