November 18, 2016

Council Considers Change in Tobacco Age Requirements

There were mixed feelings at the dais as to who should be able to purchase, possess and use tobacco products in Naperville.

Most council members agreed the changes should be made solely to the purchasing process, allowing only those aged 21 and older to do so. That way the onus would be left on Naperville businesses who sell to those underage.

“I have no interest in passing an ordinance for punishing people for possession, or consumption, I’m not even sure I want to do something about the people purchasing. I think we can restrict the sale,” said Councilwoman Judy Brodhead.

Other council members, however, thought that the decision should not be left to the council.

They also explored the idea of making an exception for hookah bars and military personnel. A vote is expected on December 5.

Council also re-examined the proposed intergovernmental agreement between the Township and the City.

After a non-binding referendum question which asked Naperville voters whether the city should maintain township roads to save taxpayer money came back with 90% voting yes, Councilman Coyne called for action.

“Present it again to our Highway Commissioner to consider in light of the vote, he himself raise the question whether our residents supported it and he raised the referendum question in the first place,” said Coyne.

And finally, a Mariano’s representative spoke during public forum, looking to help alleviate noise problems cited by residents who live behind the store.

Besides doing their best at operating trucks during 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., he’ll speak with neighbors about a plan to plant trees to block truck noise.

Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.

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