Youth Council Presents Ordinances to Town Council

  On Monday, January 27, 2014 the Youth Council from STEPS presented two new ordinances to the town council members.  The youth council has been working on the ordinances with Town Attorney, Mark Sciota, for the past six months doing research and honing the language of the ordinances.  The youth council presented the two ordinances to the Ordinance Committee in August and December.

  On Monday, January 27, 2014 the Youth Council from STEPS presented two new ordinances to the town council members.  The youth council has been working on the ordinances with Town Attorney, Mark Sciota, for the past six months doing research and honing the language of the ordinances.  The youth council presented the two ordinances to the Ordinance Committee in August and December.

  The first ordinance is about the sale of drug paraphernalia in convenience stores.  The committee researched the problem with a risk assessment in the gas stations and convenience stores in town.  The council found that almost every one of these stores in town sold e-cigarettes and rolling papers.  They also found that both ALTA and Derynoski are in close proximity to two of the stores they studied that sold many of the types of paraphernalia on their list.

  The second ordinance is regarding signs advertising alcoholic events in town.  The new ordinance would require these signs to say that the business requires the showing of identification for the consumption or purchase of the alcohol and no one under the age of twenty-one shall be allowed to consume or purchase the alcohol.  By making this change to signage, the youth council hopes that this will remind visitors that they need to be 21 to drink alcohol and also show the community that we are all responsible for keeping kids safe.

  

  The youth council presented this all in a power point presentation to the town council and the council will hold a public hearing on the ordinances on February 10th.  The council could vote after the public hearing and if approved they would become ordinances 21 days after that.