Share this article

print logo

SMOKING BAN EXTENDED TO COUNTY BUILDINGS, VEHICLES

The Genesee County Legislature on Wednesday snuffed out another half-dozen or more sites in extending a strict no-smoking policy to county buildings and vehicles.

A unanimous vote approved an internal ban in addition to the public workplaces and business establishments previously included in a law that will take effect Jan. 1.

The proposal adds to the new smoking policy six county office buildings, some rented sites, and county-owned vehicles. The only exceptions are health-related facilities such as the Nursing Home and Mental Health Department where banning smoking could affect a patient's ability to adjust. In both cases, separate areas will be provided for smokers.

Last June, the legislators adopted a ban on smoking in enclosed public areas, ranging from restrooms to restaurants. Some bars, bowling alleys and bingo halls could be exempt if separate ventilated areas are provided.

In other business during an hourlong session, the lawmakers:

Approved a $20,000 increase for the county's STOP-DWI budget. The new spending plan of $232,000 will continue to stress educational programs and prevention over enforcement.

Accepted bids that will lower the cost of road salt and sand for a saving of more than $21,000. Both the perton costs for salt from Cargill Inc. of North Olmsted, Ohio, and sand from Seven Springs Gravel Products will decrease.

Amended the cost of an elevator in the two-story Senior Center by appropriating $55,913 for site preparations. The overall expense is now estimated at $148,000 in the building, which the county took over from the city a year ago.

Approved a contract with Civil Service Employees Association Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, granting a raise to six county Nursing Home workers. The new pact will increase salaries by $1,120.

There are no comments - be the first to comment