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County smoking policy mulled

The Cole County Commission has directed its attorneys to come up with a policy on smoking on county property.

At their regular meeting Thursday, Western District Commissioner Chris Wrigley said he had received concerns about smoking near the handicap access to the courthouse elevator.

City voters recently banned smoking in public indoor places in Jefferson City.

The ordinance also requires that anyone who smokes go outside and that those who smoke be at least 10 feet away from “entrances, operable windows and ventilation systems of enclosed areas where smoking is prohibited.”

“As an ex-smoker, I’m the last one to throw stones at smokers, but I think this is a matter of trying to be a good neighbor,” Wrigley said.

It was suggested that there could be designated areas where county employees and people on county property could smoke.

The policy would also cover county vehicles.

In other commission news from Thursday, commissioners directed Cole County Ambulance Director Mike Shirts to get four laptop computers for ambulances since the company that does the ambulance billing is going paperless and information from ambulance runs could be collected faster for billing purposes via the computers.

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