More to speak at smoking meeting

The number of presenters who registered to speak at Tuesday night’s meeting on a possible smoking bylaw here swelled to 11 prior to Monday’s deadline.
While only two people had registered as of last Monday, Clerk Glen Treftlin said that number jumped to seven by Thursday, with another four signing up yesterday.
“And maybe if people see something about this in the Bulletin, more people might come out and offer their opinions,” noted Treftlin, adding while those people won’t be able to give 10-minute presentations like the rest, they still can ask questions.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre.
“With [11], it looks like there might be no need for the additional meetings council has made provisions for,” noted Treftlin, referring to the April 16 and 30 dates set by council during its regular meeting last week.
“I sure am interested in hearing what they have to say,” said Mayor Glenn Witherspoon, who will chair tonight’s meeting.
In the meantime, the mayor added, the town is in the process of writing and sending out letters to municipalities that already have implemented smoking bylaws, whether partial or total.
“We’re also soliciting their Chambers of Commerce to see how these bylaws have affected their businesses,” said Mayor Witherspoon.
“When we make our final decision on this in the next month or two, we’ll have made a well-informed decision,” he added.