Council approves smoking ban for vehicles with children

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The Stockbridge City Council voted Jan. 9 to approve an ordinance that prohibits smoking in motor vehicles where children are present.

The vote was 3-2 with Elton Alexander and Neat Robinson voting against. The issue was discussed previously but tabled until this meeting. The Georgia General Assembly considered such a measure in its 2016 session but no legislation was passed at that time.

Two citizens spoke during the council meeting’s public comment time in favor of the ordinance.

In other business, the council approved a bicycle/pedestrian /trail plan for the city that was presented after several months of study and input from various sources. Its long-term goal is to provide convenient access to multiple points in and out of the city for non-automobile transportation. The detailed report presented to the council can be viewed on the city’s website,

Michael Williams was reappointed as city attorney. He has held the position since 2014. It is required by the city charter that the city attorney be appointed during the first meeting of each calendar year.

A memorandum of understanding with regard to the city’s Main Street program was approved.

The council approved a resolution asking the city’s legislative delegation to introduce local legislation during the 2017 regular session of the Georgia General Assembly that would revise the corporate city limits of Stockbridge. A proposed annexation map will be placed on the city’s website.

The council presented proclamations in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Jan. 16) and 2017 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Jan. 11).

Also presented were letters of commendation to the football teams at Stockbridge High School, which won the Region 4-AAAAA championship and reached the state semifinals, and Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, which won the Class A Private state championship.