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City Committee Discusses Drones, Vaping Concerns

Issue Date: July 3, 2019

With a City of Peshtigo Judiciary Committee Meeting not being held since June 22, 2018, there were several ordinances to be discussed at the meeting held Thursday, June 27.

The most important ordinance discussed was the prohibiting of Marijuana/THC and vaping establishments in the city. Committee Member Archer Leupp asked, "What prompted this"? Mayor Cathi Malke said, "It was given to us by the Police Department. As you know, we have illegal Marijuana use in the City already". Along with this it was suggested and approved to combine the ordinance to purchase or possession of cigarettes or tobacco products by person under 18 prohibited in the Marijuana/THC ordinance.

After reviewing the City of Marinette and Florence ordinances, Leupp said, "My thoughts are, I like Marinette's ordinance and think we should put something in place. Vaping is also a nicotine, it is still an addictive substance and can still put substances in there". Malke responded, I like Florence's, They have penalties in their ordinance".

Chairperson Brigitte Schmidt asked, "Why would cities prohibit vaping and not cigarettes, because 'stuff' can be put in the vaping pipe, like oils, etc., can be targeted towards children, makes it so accessible and can create different flavors". Leupp added, "We need to be very proactive for our future generations".

A motion was then made to send the ordinances of Marinette and Florence to Attorney Dave Spangenberg for him to combine and write the ordinances without eliminating any verbage into one ordinance for the City of Peshtigo to include prohibiting use and selling of Marijuana, vaping and THC in establishments and bring back to the Judiciary committee for review.

Another item briefly discussed was the ordinance for housing and rental codes. Some committee members liked the form that Green Bay and Oconto County have to fill out for any problems. A suggestion was to have a form that the tenant and landlord can fill out that can be submitted to the city and the landlord would have so many days to complete the repairs that are needed.

A 21 page housing ordinance code handout was provided at the meeting but the Green Bay one was viewed by some on line but there was no handout. Without all members having a copy of the Green Bay ordinance, the topic was tabled with direction to the committee members to come back to a rescheduled meeting with written down likes, dislikes, questions, concerns and suggestions and bring back to the meeting to discuss at that time.

Malke said she was contacted by the Town of Peshtigo in regards to join with them on an ordinance for a Slow-No-Wake Zone on the Peshtigo River from the railroad bridge to the dam. The Town of Peshtigo adopted a no wake ordinance after several complaints from Town residents of damage to the shore lines and also causing havoc for launching of boats and fishing.

The intent of the ordinance is to provide for protection of the shoreline of the Peshtigo River as well as the personal property placed in and along the shoreline of the river. Also to provide safe and healthful conditions for the enjoyment of aquatic recreation consistent with the public rights and interests and capability of the water resources.

The committee decided to send to Attorney Dave Spangenberg to write up the ordinance to collaborate with the Town of Peshtigo to follow the Slow-No-Wake ordinance

Another ordinance discussed was the use of drones in the City of Peshtigo. Mayor Malke said, "The prior Police Chief said drones can be used anywhere in the city and someone stated drones can be used on private property." Committee Member Jillian Schuett said "I am confused, why can't they use drones in the city and on private property". Malke responded, "I have a problem with that, I pay City taxes and I don't want people using drones on my property. As a small city and community I have expectations of privacy. Don't get me wrong, I think Tony O'Neill does wonderful videos with his drone. I think they are beneficial but there should be limitations of where they can be used also. They can fly over their own property but not someone else's without their permission. For now, we can put on the next agenda to give us time to accumulate more information".

Malke then said, "We need to table and get state statutes, more information and review at a future Judicial Committee meeting".


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