Selling electronic cigarettes within Scandia city limits could soon be illegal.
The Scandia City Council last week discussed possibly developing an ordinance or instituting a moratorium on sales of the vaping devices and products.
Council member Steve Kronmiller, who advocated for a vaping/e-cigarette ban last October when the city adopted its ban on tobacco sales to people under 21, and councilwoman Patti Ray agreed to bring more research on the subject from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention and the American Lung Association.
There are currently only five businesses that sell tobacco products.
• At the behest of Parks and Recreation Committee Chair Terry Gorham and Ray, the council agreed to pursue designating Lilleskogen Park as a School Forest through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. School Forests can be used for several curricular activities, including natural science and arts programming.
• By request of Deep Roots Winery, which hopes to open a tasting room and sell off-sale wine, the council agreed to look into adding winery and cidery businesses to its list of conditional uses allowed within the city’s agricultural zoning.
• The council agreed to extend the open hours of the city’s skating rink warming house. The building will now be open beginning at 8 a.m. year round.
• The council agreed to a purchase of 25 hanging flower baskets from Abrahamson’s Nursery at a cost of $62 each. The plants are to be deployed around the Village Center beginning this spring to help beautify the city.
The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.