(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council turned down the tobacco free policy Wednesday night that would prohibit city employees from using tobacco during company paid time while on the job site, building, or contiguous city owned grounds. The policy also prohibited smoking in an employees’ own vehicle parked on city property, which drew an objection from City Councilman Steve Livengood.
“As I read this, basically it says you can’t smoke in your own car…and I am against that,” stated Livengood who felt the policy went too far.
“I don’t see any reason why you can’t smoke in your own car, “explained Livengood. “You smoke in it on your way to work and on your way home and I am going to vote against this simply because it says what you can and can’t do in your own car. Next year we will be passing an ordinance stating you can’t smoke in your own living room. It has been proven that your car is still your property even when it is on someone else’s parking lot.”
Given the rising costs of healthcare, the City is taking proactive steps towards safety and wellness to reduce the burden of their employee’s health insurance on the taxpayers. So, the Safety and Wellness Committee, made up of seven employees coordinated with Healthy Cass County and Cass County Homecare to develop effective strategies.
However, the Atlantic City Council turned down the Policey 6-1. Councilman Shawn Shouse cast the only yes vote. The council people voting no included; Livengood, Dana Halder, Linda Hartkhoph, Ashley Hayes, Kathy Sommers and Chris Jimmerson.
September 6, 2012