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La Vernia adopts smoking ban in restaurants, businesses




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Nancy Pavlich
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October 31, 2012 | 2,562 views | 23 comments

LA VERNIA -- Community members in the city of La Vernia will see a smoking ordinance implemented, following a special meeting Oct. 25 of the city council. The ordinance prohibits smoking inside all restaurants and businesses in the city limits.

After several hours spent in a workshop Oct. 24 discussing the pros and cons of the smoking ordinance, it was approved in the special meeting the following day. Council members D. Bradford Beck, Bobby Richter, Randy Leonard, Eloi Cormier, John Richter, and Mayor Robert Gregory discussed new businesses coming to La Vernia, such as more restaurants, hotels, and retail stores, and the benefits of the smoking ordinance for the business owners.

Several community members also attended the meeting to speak and express their support for the ordinance.

An issue raised regarding the ordinance was whether or not business owners could allow smoking in buildings after closing.

“We don’t want an after-hours smoking club,” Gregory said.

The ordinance was amended to specify that no smoking will be permitted in the buildings at any time.

John Richter shared his concerns with the council about the ordinance and suggested they table its approval until they received more feedback from local business owners and how it would affect them. The council voted, however, and approved the ordinance in a 3-2 vote.

After the meeting, the mayor said he had discussed the ordinance with several business owners prior to the meeting and found that most businesses in La Vernia are smoke-free already.

“Everyone is already doing what this ordinance is saying,” he said.

According to City Secretary/Treasurer Angela Cantu, the city will supply business owners with “No Smoking” signs and copies of the ordinance in the very near future.

The ordinance will go into effect as soon as the council receives approval from the city attorney.

Also during the meeting, the council heard from Clarence Littlefield of Southwest Engineers regarding the city’s municipal well projects. Littlefield presented the city’s options for drilling wells through the Wilcox Aquifer or the Carrizo Aquifer.

Currently, the city is working to replace Well No. 5 and drill a new municipal well; while these are pending, the city is purchasing some water from the Canyon Regional Water Authority. According to the mayor, the purchase rate will go up substantially in 2015.

“If we have our own water source, we’re not depending on anyone else for drinking water,” he said.

Gregory said the council will conduct a feasibility study and discuss all options to make the most educated decision possible.
 

Your Opinions and Comments

 
Harold  
Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
April 23, 2013 4:23am
 
I'm starting a "speak easy" for smokers! I'll get back to you with the secret location...

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 22, 2013 3:26pm
 
The answer to your question..."prohibition"...The FEDS tried that back in the early 20th Century and all it did was create a lot of millionaires (i.e. John Kennedy SR, et al), criminals, increased supply, raised prises. ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 22, 2013 2:06pm
 
Why not just make any type of tobacco illegal? It is also bad for you to drink too much. Maybe we should ban alcohol. Oh wait. We did. Now it's legal too, again. How about those drink filled rooms. I mean, we don't need to ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 22, 2013 1:46pm
 
About damn time. The rest of the world did this about 15 years ago. I understand 2nd hand smoke can cause cancer,emphasema,bronchitis,heart disease in others. Not to mention the large number of people, like myself, that gets ... More ›

 
G D SMOKE  
ADKINS, TX  
April 22, 2013 11:50am
 
WOW, what a joke, you people are hypocrits and the constitution is not something you can change at your whim...ok you want to stop smokeing fine bnt you are doing it illegaly, you are inacting a descrimnitory law and i am appalled...what ... More ›

 
Rabble Rouser Extraordinaire  
Adkins, TX  
November 5, 2012 2:31pm
 
Oh the good old days in LV when the "Wooden Indian" and the "Highway House" (after-hours) was in their prime! Hard Liquor, long stories, short skirts, smoking in the front, poker in the rear... Bunch ... More ›

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
November 5, 2012 4:40am
 
I am so glad we didn't buy a home in La Vernia. It looked like a nice place to live. Nice communinity. Beautiful homes. Too bad the city has been taken over by nanny state liberals.

 
THE TRUTH  
Floresville  
November 4, 2012 9:35pm
 
The ban is a good thing it keeps that stinking smelling ugly unwanted in your face smoke that some smokers blow your way without a thought of your space.I hope the new mayor and council will consider this ban for the betterment ... More ›

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
November 4, 2012 7:24am
 
My last post left out the ethnic groups that receive the most pandering. The problem with "the children" started a few generations ago when people stopped treating them as little adults.

 
Rock'n chair Rambler  
Over Taxed, TX  
November 4, 2012 6:24am
 
No, Obama stole 'for the chiiiildren' from the Clintons, actually. They used it in just about every speech. And now, just about every snake oil salesman uses the chiiiildren to sell us something we don't need, or raise ... More ›

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