2016-02-12 / News

Smoke shops OK’d

By DAVID LOWE Staff Writer

The Lampasas City Council on Monday voted 6-0 to allow smoke/tobacco shops – including those that sell electronic vapor cigarettes – in some parts of town.

An amendment to the city zoning ordinance will allow smoke/tobacco shops in retail and commercial zones, but only if the business obtains a specific use permit.

A few days before the City Council meeting, the Planning & Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the council approve zoning to allow smoke/tobacco shops.

Such shops may derive 75 percent or more of their sales from products to include cigarettes, cigars, electronic cigarettes, liquid nicotine, chewing tobacco, snuff, pipe tobacco and tobacco paraphernalia.

Those items are legal only for users 18 and older. The zoning ordinance states that tobacco shops must prohibit minors from entering or remaining on their premises. The only exception is if a minor is accompanied by his or her parent(s).

Zoning Administrator Ursula Paddie said two different people have inquired about opening “vape” shops in Lampasas.

Also Monday, the council voted 6-0 to award the construction of a Lampasas Fire Department training facility to Lamco Construction. The city will pay the Lampasas company $20,200 for work to complete the building. The structure, made of shipping containers, will be used as a “burn building” to allow firefighters to complete live fire training.

In other items, the council:

• approved plans for street paving this summer. Plans include a complete reconstruction of south Chestnut, Main and Peach streets; work in the Diamond Ridge subdivision; and micro    surfacing on Naruna Road from U.S. Highway 281 to Howe Street, Street Superintendent Bob Goodart said.

Plans also call for seal coating on Castleberry, Surplus and Samac streets; curb replacement on one block of Walnut Street; and a seal coat and rebuild of the base on East Avenue D. Goodart also said crews will apply a seal coat to Brook Street between Gamel Street and East Avenue G.

• nominated City Manager Finley de Graffenried to continue serving on the Central Texas Water Supply Corp. Board of Directors.

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