Leeds City Council passes one-year moratorium on vaping shops

Photo by Nathan Prewett.

The Leeds City Council passed a one-year moratorium on new vaping shops and supplies during a regular meeting at the Leeds Civic Center on Monday night.

Mayor David Miller stated that the moratorium was passed in order to allow the city government to study the effects of using vaping devices. The moratorium was passed unanimously.

“It seems almost weekly that we get new scientific evidence on the devastating effects of vaping even compared to tobacco use and we would like to have the opportunity to study this in more detail before we allow any new vape shops in the city of Leeds,” Miller said during the meeting.

A public hearing was held at the beginning of the meeting for Amendment 772. The amendment requires that the city pass a resolution declaring that using funds to aid a private entity was “advantageous,” to the city, said Miller.

No one spoke for or against the resolution during the public hearing. The council briefly entered executive session to consider the resolution before returning. The resolution was passed unanimously.

It was announced at the meeting that $1,210 was raised during a fundraiser held by Workout Anytime in Leeds. The fundraiser was held on Sept. 11 to commemorate the firefighters and first responders who died during the destruction of the Twin Towers.

Representatives from Workout Anytime presented the check to Leeds Fire and Rescue Chief Chuck Parsons.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the renewal of the service agreement with St. Clair County juvenile detention services
  • Approved the service agreement for Leeds senior citizen program manager
  • Approved the service agreement for Leeds municipal court translation services
  • Approved the fiscal year 2019-2020 city budget

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