City hall was packed once again as parties from both sides of the issue were on hand at the 6:00 work session to express their opinions regarding a possible smoking ordinance for Mexico businesses.
Attorney Lou Leonatti presented information regarding how a public place is defined by law and how that definition might affect such an ordinance.
The regularly scheduled meeting also offered a possible a rezoning issue regarding land owned by the Audrain ambulance district. In a public hearing, Rita Jackson said that a rezoning from residential to commercial zoning would leave some areas illegally zoned and recommended that council deny the request from the ambulance district to make the land on the west side of Huntingfield drive from R-1 single family dwellings to C-2 general commercial zoning.
An ordinance was adopted by the city under regulation by state law that from hence forth establishes a procedure to disclose potential conflicts of interest and substantial interest for specific municipal officials including mayor and council.
Council heard from the public regarding the conceal & carry law in the city and addressed a request that work sessions be placed on the city’s Youtube channel as city manager Bruce Slagel said it was too labor intensive and required too much space to save the work sessions as required by law. Plus he noted that all action was taken at the official regularly scheduled meetings.
Council adjourned and the next meeting will be held August 11th. They meet for budget work sessions this week.