Cullman City Council celebrates local people, causes, hears proposal for e-cigarette, vaping regulations

W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune

Council President Jenny Folsom, right, presents Wallace State Director of Adult Education Cynthia Arrington a proclamation naming Sept. 23-29 Adult Literacy Week in Cullman. (W.C. Mann for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN – On Monday evening, the Cullman City Council would have had almost nothing to talk about, if not for the good news of recognizing employees’ service and approving applications for upcoming special events around the community.

Cullman Police Department recognitions

Councilman Andy Page, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, along with Police Chief Kenny Culpepper and Assistant Chief Craig Montgomery, presented length-of-service awards to two employees of the Cullman Police Department.  Dispatcher Kara Johnson received her five-year service pin, and Detective Sgt. Eric Cole received his 10-year service pin.

Adult Literacy Week proclaimed

Council President Jenny Folsom presented a proclamation on behalf of Mayor Woody Jacobs, who was absent, naming Sept. 23-29 Adult Literacy Week in Cullman, presenting a copy of the proclamation to Cynthia Arrington, director of Adult Education at Wallace State Community College.

Councilman Johnny Cook

Councilman Garlan Gudger read to the council an invitation to attend an awards luncheon in Decatur on Oct. 17 sponsored by the North Alabama Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, at which Councilman Johnny Cook will be receiving an award from the regional group which is a subsidiary of the Alabama Governor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.  The nature of the award was not specified.

The council approved several requests to hold special events, including applications from:

—Nathaniel Hutchinson of Cullman Moose Lodge for a special event permit to hold the annual turkey shoots at 1729 Eva Road NE from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. every Saturday in November and December.

—Cherrelle Fancher of Fancher Education Center for a special event permit to hold a trunk or treat at the city’s parking deck from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2018.  According to the application, this will be a sensory-friendly event for “children who are unable to attend traditional events due to sensitivities to noise, strobe lights, physical sensitivities or allergies.”

—Alanna Johnson of Beck’s Auto Body for a special event permit to hold a car show and cruise in at 1645 Second Ave. NW from 2 p.m. until dark on Sept. 29, 2018.

—Chris Van Dyke of Cullman Mental Health Foundation for a special event permit to hold the 12th Annual Oktoberfest 5K and 10K starting from the Festhalle at 8 a.m. on Oct 6, 2018.

—Rodney Maroney of Reliance Worldwide Corporation for a special event permit to hold a meet and greet with Jimmie Johnson and his race car from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Oct. 12, 2018.  The event will take place in front of the RWO office building at 2400 Seventh Ave. SW.  The application specifies that Johnson’s racing car “will be on site for viewing by RWO employee family.”

The council also reappointed Dr. Jim Davis to serve on the Downtown Development Authority.

When the floor was opened to people not on the agenda, Dr. Scott Warner came forward to ask the council to consider including e-cigarettes and “vaping” devices under the same regulations as cigarettes and other tobacco products.  He cited information from the U.S. Surgeon General listing dangerous substances found in the vapor, and calling on local leaders to consider:

  • including e-cigarettes in smoke-free policies and laws
  • preventing access to e-cigarettes by youth
  • price and tax policies and retail licensure of e-cigarettes
  • regulating e-cigarette marketing likely to attract youth
  • educational initiatives targeting youth and young adults

Due to the coming deadline to pass the fiscal year 2019 budget, the council has moved its next meeting up to next Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Cullman City Hall Auditorium.  The public is invited to attend.

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