2018-05-15 / News

Stamford Town Approves Tobacco Free Zone

By Rosie Cunningham

STAMFORD - The town of Stamford discussed the initiation of a tobacco-free zone and the plans the town will make to implement EMT and ambulance transports.

The board approved a tobacco free outdoor policy. The use of tobacco products on town property, at the farmers’ market and at town parks is prohibited.

“The town of Stamford is committed to providing a high quality of life for everyone who makes use of its indoor facilities and patronizes its outdoor events,” the board stated in a release. “The use of any tobacco products is not allowed at any present and future park, recreational areas, trails and events on property under the jurisdiction of the town of Stamford. Tobacco products are defined as any manufactured product containing tobacco or nicotine including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff, chewing tobacco, dipping tobacco and bidis cigarettes, as well as dissolvable tobacco products and electronic devices such as electric cigarettes and vape pens.”

Signs will be placed at allotted locations and staff, council members and other designees will enforce the policy at the tobacco-free locations.

According to Stamford Town Supervisor Mike Triolo, he met with representatives of the towns of Harpersfield, Grand Gorge and Gilboa, regarding plans for emergency transportation and EMT services.

The Stamford Joint Fire District (SJFD) covered parts of Kortright, Harpersfield, the town of Stamford, Jefferson, Gilboa and the village of Stamford. As of April, towns and villages mentioned above are to determine a suitable provider for their EMS services.

“We discussed a path forward,” said Triolo. “We will know in a couple of weeks.”

In other business, Triolo updated the Kortright playground project and additional purchases were approved by the board.

The total cost for the project is slated to be $50,000 and Triolo said additional monies may potentially be acquired from Thomson Trust for a barbecue and picnic tables at the location.

Work on a large culvert on Roses Brook Road began May 10 and the town is looking for flaggers at the fee of $15 per hour for at least a “couple of weeks.”

Contact the town for inquiries at 607-538-9421.

The next town board meeting will be Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m.

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