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SMOKING POLICY: Council discusses employee smoking policy

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.

The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.

While a decision on these changes to the policy was tabled until a future meeting, the smoking policy was also discussed. The issue on the table was if smoking should be banned within eight feet of public entrances to buildings, or any entrance. The use of smokeless tobacco was also brought up at the meeting. All decisions were tabled, however.

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