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Corbin rushes to pass first reading of smoking ban ordinance; final passage expected Wednesday


The Corbin City Commission is moving forward on the smoking ban ordinance, but it is not unanimous as Commissioner Phil Gregory cast the lone "no" vote on the motion to approve the first reading.

At a special called meeting, Monday morning, the ordinance commissioners requested City Attorney Bob Hammons to draw up was read before the commissioners voted 4-1, to approve it. The commissioners are scheduled to meet again at 8:30 a.m. at Corbin City Hall for the second reading and final vote on the ordinance.

Under the terms of the ordinance, smoking will not be permitted in all enclosed public areas and enclosed public buildings and smokers must remain at least 25 feet from the entrances to such places when smoking.

Among the places specifically listed are restaurants, except for outdoor seating, motels and hotels, which may not offer more than 20 percent of rooms as "smoking" and bingo facilities.

Gregory asked to discuss the ordinance before putting it to a vote, specifically whether there could be some type of exemption for bingo establishments and the off-track betting facility.

Commissioner Joe "Butch" White responded that if the ordinance includes any exemptions, the commission is opening the city to a lawsuit.

Mayor Willard McBurney added that when Lexington and Louisville enacted their smoking bans, they exempted Keenland and Churchill Downs race tracks, respectively. As a result, both cities have been forced to fight lawsuits filed by businesses that did not receive similar exemptions.

"What is this going to do to my business?" said John Mullins, who owns Corbin Bingo Parlor on Falls Hwy.

Mullins told the commissioners that he has spent $80,000 to completely separate the smoking and non-smoking areas of his business and also has separate heating and air conditioning systems to ensure the smoke is not circulated into the non-smoking section.

In addition, an air filter system is in place in the smoking section.

"Second hand smoke is not an issue," Mullins said.

However, Cathy Lay with the Whitley County Health Department, told the commissioners there is no ventilation system that will completely scurb the air clean of the chemicals and particles produced by tobacco smoke.

Each gaming session at Corbin Bingo Parlor benefits a different organization including: Corbin Band Boosters, Whitley County Baseball Boosters, Tri-County Elks, Corbin United Effort and the Whitley County Touchdown Club.

However, Commissioner Joe Shelton who proposed the commission consider the ordinance, said he is against any such exemptions.

Shelton said previously that he brought up the idea of the ordinance after hearing from a number of local restaurant owners who are in favor of the ordinance.

Under the terms of the ordinance, Corbin Police and Corbin Building Inspector Frank Burke will be responsible for enforcing it. A violation of the ordinance is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $150.

Corbin Police Chief David Campbell said his officers are prepared to do what they have to enforce the ordinance just as they any other law.
 
 

Comments

pat (November 21, 2011) Reply

Well, smokers are we going to let them treat us like this? Not me, I won,t be spending a penny in Corbin. I'm going to start a petition for smokers rights. And yes I have children and grandchildren who don't smoke, and we smoke outside and respect their rights. smoking is up to each individual, or it should be.I think as long as we respect them they should leave us alone.


Jamie (November 22, 2011) Reply

I think it should be for restaurants only.. 99% of the people at bingo smoke. The groups that you mentioned will lose money. People will go to other cities to play bingo......believe me they will travel far and wide for bingo and to be able to smoke while playing!


DW (November 22, 2011) Reply

NEWS FLASH PEOPLE THE PEOPLE IN POWER IN CORBIN DONT CARE WHAT THE VOTERS WANT THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY WANT JUST LIKE THE CURRENT GOVERMENT IN THE COUNTRY JUST REMEMBER THIS IF YOU VOTE


Corbinite (November 22, 2011) Reply

AMEN! It's about time! The ding dong that said "second hand smoke" wasn't an issue.....well that is why he owns a Bingo parlor and not a REAL job. Most people with any degree would know that the RESEARCH says second hand smoke is a huge problem. Corbin got it right!!


Jack (November 23, 2011) Reply

Last time I heard this was a free country let the one who owns the place decide.


Cherry (November 23, 2011) Reply

I Agree with the dude DW. They will do what they want just like the goverment does to us anyway's. I don't smoke in my home I go outside I respect others. But all our right's are being taked away. That is why they are called Corbidiot's. And to the Corbinite I don't play Bingo but least he has a job. What do you do? Sit around and get welfare so we can support you! Joe has no clue I guess what is going on in this world. People loosing there homes, Food prices gone sky high, gas, Bill's, People that can't afford to have health Insuracne cuz it to high to afford on what little money they make. But wait let's go after the smokers that is so much more Important. If these people would use there head's they know there is more problem's then people that smoke! Just named a few. But they don't CARE!


Cherry (November 23, 2011) Reply

@ Jack. No we do not live in a FREE COUNTRY ANYMORE! Very sad too. We get told now what we can do and can't do. Some people is above the Law and I think you know who they are but it's not US! Soon they will be giving us a time we have to be in our own home's, when & what we can eat, ect.. No this is NOT HOW THIS COUNTRY WAS SUPPOSE TO BE RUN! Suppose to have Freedom of Speach, that is slowly being taken away too. It's only going to get alot worse from here. GOD BLESS AMERICA THE LAND OF THE FREE!! If the Goverment & People in office would remember that!


Cherry (November 23, 2011) Reply

I Agree with the dude DW. They will do what they want just like the goverment does to us anyway's. I don't smoke in my home I go outside I respect others. But all our right's are being taked away. That is why they are called Corbidiot's. And to the Corbinite I don't play Bingo but least he has a job. What do you do? Sit around and get welfare so we can support you! Joe has no clue I guess what is going on in this world. People loosing there homes, Food prices gone sky high, gas, Bill's, People that can't afford to have health Insuracne cuz it to high to afford on what little money they make. But wait let's go after the smokers that is so much more Important. If these people would use there head's they know there is more problem's then people that smoke! Just named a few. But they don't CARE!


KYCAT (December 15, 2011) Reply

what a bunch of crap ! how can you people sit on your cans and let 5 jerks run your lives ?!?! next they will tell you when you can eat, when you can sleep and when you can wipe your own butt !


JIM (December 19, 2011) Reply

i,m a non smoker and i beleave its a person right to smoke if they want . also the owner of a place should have the right to allow smoking or not Not some commission


Jim (December 23, 2011) Reply

Corbinite...If you read the article before having your joygasm over the proposed ban you would see that the "ding dong " you quoted was talking about his business. He spent 80k on seperate hvac systems for the seperated smoking/nonsmking sections so that secondhand smoke would not be an issue for non smokers...if the ban goes through then that investment is for nought. If you dont smoke...dont patronize businesses that allow it. remeber you can't fix dumb...even with legislation.

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