PC takes on smoking ban, saggy pants
Ordinances banning smoking on parish courthouse property and below the waist and undergarment exposure are set to be considered when the St. Mary Parish Council meets in regular session Wednesday.
The ordinances were introduced on May 8. A hearing for public input will be called at 5:45 p.m.
Tobacco smoking on the courthouse square is currently allowed 25 feet from the building. If adopted, the new ordinance would prohibit smoking anywhere on the property and extend to the Blevins building, the former Tiger Den and the parking areas there. Those parish-owned areas are across Willow Street adjacent to the courthouse.
The ordinance states that it is intended to “promote, protect and preserve the general welfare, safety, health, peace and good order of the parish…” and to limit exposure to secondhand smoke to courthouse employees and visitors.
It does make allowance for a designated smoking area within the building if it includes “a separate air ventilation system so that no smoke shall be able to enter the main air condition systems. If said room is not present or is not feasible … there will be ‘no smoking’ in said building.”
The ordinance on the wearing of pants, skirts or other clothing below the waist in public would prohibit doing so if skin or undergarments are exposed.
Both ordinances set a first time conviction penalty of up to $50, second offense penalty of $100 and third and subsequent offense penalties of $100 and 16 hours of community service.
Other items on Wednesday’s agenda include:
—A visit by Sen. Bret Allain and Rep. Sam Jones to update the council on the recently ended legislative session.
—Resolutions on an engineering services agreements with Associated Design Group Inc. on upgrade of the emergency generator at the Law Enforcement Center; and T. Baker Smith on the courthouse parking lot redesign and landscaping project.
—Financial requests by the Morgan City Police Department toward purchase of a new K-9 to be used as a drug detection dog and by Baldwin Police Department toward the purchase of two police unit video cameras.
—Requests for transfer of Wards 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 10 three-tenths sales tax funds in the amounts of $3,000 to the City of Franklin for the Caffery Baseball League and $4,000 to the Power Boat Association.
—Appointments to various boards and commissions.
The regular meeting begins at 6 p.m. on the fifth floor of the courthouse in Franklin.