By David Fleet
Atlas Twp.-On Monday night time the township board of trustees voted 3-1 to undertake an ordinance making it a civil infraction and offering penalties for using vapor merchandise and different nicotine merchandise on college property. Ann Marie Moore, township treasurer was absent with discover.
The request got here from Genesee County Sheriff Division Det./Sgt. Rebecca Stadler asking for assist in supporting vaping rules for minors.
“The ordinance applies for school property and minors using vaping products,” mentioned David Lattie, township lawyer. “It’s also going on in other communities in Genesee County and so there’s a push by other Genesee County deputies and local police chiefs to try to get this issue under control.
There’s a problem in the schools and this (ordinance) is their solution.”
At the moment, the underage use of vaping merchandise is a state regulation violation, added Lattie. The township took provisions of the state regulation and transformed it to a neighborhood ordinance.
“We can now issue tickets and I can basically prosecute them instead of going to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s office,” mentioned Lattie. “We now have more of a local process for enforcement. It targets minors on school property.”
Katie Vick, township clerk didn’t help the provisions.
“I’m having a hard time injecting a local ordinance that specifically targets minor children,” mentioned Vick. “For us enacting a local ordinance is major overreach on a school district targeting children. I don’t think I could be talked into supporting this.”
Pat Main, township trustee, supported the provisions.
“I have no problem with an ordinance saying that kids should not be vaping on school property,” mentioned Main. “The should not be doing drugs, smoking cigarettes or smoking pot—we have all kinds of ordinance that control what students do on school property. I don’t have any issues with this.”