Cheraw town employees could be barred from smoking and using smokeless tobacco products in work vehicles under a proposed rule discussed during Tuesday’s Cheraw Town Council briefing.
Town Administrator Mike Smith told councilmembers some employees had complained about smoking in town-owned vehicles.
“I don’t know how y’all feel about it, but I think we need to do that,” Smith said, noting that town buildings are tobacco-free.
The proposed ban would include e-cigarettes, which deliver nicotine and expel water vapor instead of smoke, along with cigarettes, chewing tobacco and snuff.
Councilwoman Jacqueline Ellerbe-Shannon, asked how the town would monitor the use of smokeless tobacco and suggested offering town workers help to kick the habit.
“Are we going to offer some kind of program that they can go to, to maybe cut down on their smoking?” she said. “I know we have to do something about it. But I am thinking about productivity.”
Councilman Randy Butler asked whether employees who smoke pay an additional cost in their insurance premiums. Town staff didn’t have an immediate answer.
The council could consider a resolution prohibiting tobacco use in town of Cheraw vehicles at next month’s regular meeting.
Cheraw’s youth curfew was also a topic of discussion. Smith suggested the council take another look at the current curfew.
Councilmembers also discussed placing security cameras around town. After some talk, those present realized that lighting was also an issue. Some streets either need lights fixed or additional lights in place.
They then went on to discuss lights around the town and safety. With a few positions available with the town, the personnel committee will meet to discuss details and possible recommendations.
No votes are taken during the weekly briefings, which are held between regularly scheduled council meetings and serve as a weekly update on town business.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.