Wallingford Town Council to consider raising age for tobacco purchases this week

Wallingford Town Council to consider raising age for tobacco purchases this week

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WALLINGFORD — The Town Council is slated to consider three ordinances this coming week, including raising the minimum purchasing age for tobacco products.

Public hearings are scheduled for all three ordinances during the Town Council’s regular meeting, slated to start at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall council chambers.

Janis M. Small, town corporation counsel, prepared the draft and final ordinances after councilors discussed them during ordinance committee meetings over the last few months. All town councilors are members of the ordinance committee.

The tobacco ordinance would raise the minimum age to purchase tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21.

According to the ordinance, the town health department would provide retailers with signs stating that the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21 is prohibited and that nicotine is highly addictive.

The police department would be authorized to enforce the ordinance.

Penalties for sale violations would start with a written warning, and then progress to a $100 fine for the first offense and $250 for each additional offense within two years of the previous violation.

After three violations within a two-year period by the same retailer, the town would be able to start legal action.

Councilors also are slated to consider updates to the town Code of Ethics. 

Changes include defining who is considered a relation to a town official or employee for the sake of conflicts of interest, revising the section about concurrent services and adding the ability of the Board of Ethics to get assistance during an investigation.

The ordinance committee has been working on those changes since last summer.

Another ordinance the Town Council is considering would require all members of boards and commissions to participate in training sessions on the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and town Code of Ethics.

The ordinance states the town attorney would either provide the training or contract for the service. 

The training would be provided within three months of the ordinance’s effective date. Members would receive the training every five years after the initial training.

Members would be able to watch a recording of the training session if they’re not available to attend.

Go to www.myrecordjournal.com to read the proposed ordinances.

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Read the ordinances under consideration.