City Council Approves Tobacco Age Change During Short Meeting; Enforcement Begins Oct. 1

BROKEN BOW— A short meeting saw approvals across the board for the Broken Bow City Council on Tuesday, August 25. Following the approval of the consent agenda, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Dan Jelinek to the Broken Bow Airport Authority Board and the re-appointments of Lola Chapin to the Housing Authority Board and Chad Schall to the Board of Public Works.

The board also voted “For” the amendments to the Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws of the League of Nebraska Municipalities, which Broken Bow is part of. City Clerk Stephanie Wright stated that because the League meeting was not held this year, due to COVID-19, the league members would need to vote “For” or “Against” the changes during their respective city council meetings.

To wrap up the meeting, a public hearing was held on amending Ordinance 1227, Tobacco Age, from 18 to 21, to follow the changes approved by the Nebraska Legislature and Governor Pete Ricketts on August 15. While the change was made to the ordinance, there was confusion on when enforcement would begin.

Wright stated that she had received notification that the change would be immediate, while Broken Bow Police Chief Steve Scott said that a letter he was sent from the Attorney General’s Office, said the enforcement date would be October 1. After discussion, the board agreed to amend the date to take effect October 1, which will also allow time for businesses that sell tobacco to be in compliance.

The City of Broken Bow Budget Hearing date was set for Tuesday, September 8 at 5 PM to take place before the City Council meeting which will follow at approximately 6 PM.