Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco are banned from town-owned work vehicles after the Cheraw Town Council unanimously approved the policy change during its monthly meeting on Tuesday.
The council’s Legislative Committee recommended a tobacco-free vehicle policy for approval by the full board after the matter came up last month in a town council work session.
Councilman John K. Melton presented the motion, noting the committee met on Oct. 7. There was a tobacco ban for town-owned buildings and work sites, but no policy on record concerning vehicles.
Town Administrator Mike Smith received several complaints about non-smoking employees who had to ride in or drive vehicles with employees who smoked.
They reviewed smoke-free workplace policies in other cities and towns and agreed that Cheraw needed to have such a policy in place. E-cigarettes and all smokeless tobacco products are included in the ban.
Prior to voting on the motion, Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Ellerbe-Shannon asked how town officials would monitor the use of smokeless products like chewing tobacco and snuff.
“Well, we have to depend on department heads and the actual employees,” said Mayor Andy Ingram. “We don’t tolerate it in the buildings now and we are monitoring it in each building. So it should be able to be monitored in each vehicle.”
The council went into closed session to discuss a personnel matter Tuesday. No official action was taken.
After reconvening in open session, Reid McBride, a member of the personnel committee, presented a recommendation to the council to enlist the services of Rodney Tucker and Dale Davis as part-time employees. The committee came to this decision after meeting several times, he said.
Tucker will be working on community development grants. Davis will be working with the town’s social media accounts and marketing products placed around town.
McBride said both will be contract laborers and will start work soon. Davis will work Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and Tucker will work Tuesdays and Thursdays. The council voted unanimously to accept the recommendation.
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