Mexico City Council met in work session last night to discuss the ongoing issue of a possible smoking ordinance in the city. For months, citizens in favor and against a possible smoking ban in businesses have come out to argue their points. Last night was no exception as once again Dr. Taylor went before council and urged them to consider the ramifications of smoking to workers. One citizen spoke to council saying that imposing a ban is a form of over regulation on business owners.
Councilman Ron Loesch was the only councilman in favor of such a ban. While some discussion was had on the possibility of adopting the state ordinance, in the end, City Manager Bruce Slagel said the lack of consensus from the board means that the city will not present any such ordinance to the council.
In the latter part of the work session, council was presented with a report on the pool and Director of Mexico Parks & Rec Dept, Chad Shoemaker said the department can proceed with about $100k worth of repairs to allow the pool to possibly run a few more years, provided no other problems arise. In that time, the plan is to develop a long term solution to the pool issue.
The work session closed following Shoemaker’s comments and council immediately brought the regularly scheduled meeting to order.
The meeting was mostly business as usual, council passed a resolution to grant the Mexico Senior Nutrition Center $11k, The Chamber was awarded $12k with the passing of a resolution and council adopted a previously discussed Health Code.
Assistant City Manager Roger Haynes also went before the board to discuss health insurance and dental insurance coverage. The council agreed to continue with the current insurance coverage being used.
With very few comments from council and nothing from the public, council wrapped the meeting around 7:30 last night. The next meeting will take place November 10th.