Friday, April 13, 2012
The ordinance restricts the sale and distribution of tobacco paraphernalia to tobacco stores.
Rolling papers, pipes and hookahs can now only be sold at O'Fallon businesses catering specifically to tobacco users, although the city doesn't currently have such a tobacco business. The O’Fallon City Council voted 7-2 to approve an ordinance creating new regulations for the sale of tobacco paraphernalia in the city, but not before some heated discussion at Thursday night’s meeting. The ordinance, sponsored by Mayor Bill Hennessy, limits the sale of items such as rolling papers, pipes and hookahs, to businesses that cater specifically to tobacco users. Tobacco paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to: rolling papers; metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes; water pipes; hookahs; carburation tubes and devices …
Friday, March 23, 2012
The ordinance would restrict the sale and distribution of tobacco paraphernalia to tobacco stores if approved.
The O’Fallon City Council voted to table an ordinance that would have created new regulations for the sale of tobacco paraphernalia in the city, at Thursday night’s meeting. If approved the ordinance, sponsored by Mayor Bill Hennessy, would limit the sale of items such as rolling papers, pipes and hookahs, to businesses that cater specifically to tobacco users. The bill states that tobacco paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to: rolling papers; metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic or ceramic pipes; water pipes; hookahs; carburetion tubes and devices and bongs. At Thursday’s workshop, Ward 2 Councilman Jim Pepper said he had concerns about the ordinance and felt that it could be misapplied. “It has too many areas in here …
Friday, October 7, 2011
The new ordinance could help solve driver safety issues and prevent damage to streets.
At Thursday night’s O'Fallon Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, an ordinance was introduced amending regulations on landscaping in the city. Assistant Director of Planning and Development Shannon Gerard said the combined regulations will hopefully resolve some of the street damage and safety issues the city has been having with trees and landscaping. Part of the ordinance would require trees to be more than 15 feet away from the road to help drivers see around corners. To stop roots from damaging roadways and sidewalks, no trees would be allowed within 25 feet of a stop light or stop sign. The ordinance would also prohibit most landowners from removing 25 percent of the trees on a lot at any time. This is an amendment to the former …
Friday, June 24, 2011
The city council set guidelines to make ordinances more understandable, but stop short of making it a law. City staff said an ordinance would set the city up for legal obstacles.
The O’Fallon City Council rejected an ordinance that would have required plain English definitions by a 6-4 vote Thursday night, but accepted the same provision as a resolution by an 8-2 vote. By accepting the "plain English” provision as a resolution rather than as an ordinance, it becomes a policy that council members direct staff to follow, not an enforceable law. The plain English policy requires laws and regulations to be written so that a person of average intelligence can understand it. Councilman Jim Pepper, Ward 2, who drafted the plain English bill, said he was satisfied with the turn of events. “This has some teeth to it because it becomes a policy directed by the council,” Pepper said. “Now that we have the policy, I will be …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
As of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, smoking is prohibited in most O'Fallon bars, restaurants and public places.
While St. Charles County may not be quite ready for a smoking ban, the city of O’Fallon's Smoke Free Air Act takes effect today. The smoke-free O’Fallon measure passed with 73 percent of the vote in April, banning smoking in most of the city’s bars, restaurants and public places. The only places where smoking is not regulated are: Smokers who violate the terms of the smoking ordinance face fines up to $50. Business owners who fail to comply face up to $500 fines and possible suspension of licenses or permits. The ordinance states that each day a violation occurs is considered a separate violation. Read More About O’Fallon’s Smoking Ban:
Friday, June 10, 2011
City manager says an ordinance could make things easier to block city efforts. Keith Riesberg says he prefers a plain language guideline.
Ward 2 Councilman Jim Pepper said wants O’Fallon’s ordinances to be clearer. Pepper introduced a bill during the O’Fallon City Council meeting Thursday that would require the city to use plain language or define terms when drafting ordinances and other official documents. “A lot of our ordinances are vague,” Pepper said. "I think they should be more definitive and less subjective and opinion oriented." During the meeting, he said if citizens are expected to obey the law, and ignorance is no excuse, then laws should be written to be “clear, concise and easy to understand." However, City Administrator Keith Riesberg said requiring bills to be written in plain language could spell trouble for the city down the road. “The concern staff has is…
Friday, May 13, 2011
On Thursday, the council heard plans for enforcing the city's Smoke Free Air Act and took a step closer to building a playground for children of all abilities.
The citywide smoking ban takes effect in a little more a month, but O’Fallon officials have already begun efforts to educate the public and business owners on the requirements. City Administrator Keith Riesberg briefed the council with an overview on plans to enforce the Smoke Free Air Act at the workshop on Thursday evening. Riesberg said the city is following the lead of other municipalities that have implemented a ban, and has begun efforts to remind the public that the law has been adopted and spell out the requirements. O'Fallon businesses and residents were notified that the smoke-free air ordinance takes effect on June 16 by mail and e-newsletter last week. The O’Fallon Chamber of Commerce has also sent information to local …
Friday, April 29, 2011
At Thursday’s workshop, the council discussed issues with ordinances regarding parking commercial vehicles, nuisances and ordinance style.
O’Fallon residents may soon find some of their city laws easier to understand. During Thursday night’s workshop, for the second time, council members discussed bills that would amend existing ordinances regarding parking commercial vehicles, nuisances and ordinance style. Bill 6087 would amend sections of the city code regarding the parking of commercial vehicles in residential and public parking lots. Ward 4 Councilman Bob Howell said during the workshop, that in the past year, he has received several complaints of tractor-trailers and semi-trucks parking and idling for hours, especially at gas stations near Bryan Road and I-70. “That being such a busy intersection and even in other areas of the city it becomes nuisance and somewhat of a …
Friday, April 15, 2011
At Thursday's meeting, residents in support of the city-wide smoking ban asked city council to enact the law as passed by voters in the April 5 election.
The April elections may be over, but discussion of the city-wide smoking ban continues in O’Fallon. Citizens for Smoke-Free O’Fallon addressed City Council members regarding the smoke-free air act at Thursday night’s regular meeting. In December the citizen’s group gathered more than 1,900 signatures to place the initiative on the April 2011 ballot. The measure passed with 73 percent of the vote. But Ward 2 Councilman Jim Pepper told O’Fallon Patch earlier this week, that the city ordinance is too restrictive and violates Missouri statutes. He plans to introduce an amendment to the ordinance, which he said would bring it into compliance with the Missouri Clean Indoor Air Act. Pepper has also filed complaints with the IRS against anti-…
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
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