Members of Longmont’s Metropolis Council voted 5-2 Tuesday evening for remaining adoption of an ordinance that may make unsweetened drinks the default choice for kids’s meals in native eating places and cafes, efficient Jan. 3.
That Wholesome Drinks for Youngsters’s Meals ordinance, which received unanimous approval from councilmembers’ preliminary vote on the measure Aug. 24, will put into place a requirement that Longmont eating institutions serving kids’s meals make “nonetheless water or glowing water with no added sugar, or dairy milk or nondairy milk substitutes with no added sugar” the popular choices on the restaurant menus for youths’ meals.
The ordinance is not going to impede clients’ means to order a unique beverage or the restaurant’s means to promote them a unique choice. A dad or mum, guardian or different grownup shopping for the meal might nonetheless order a soda or sugar-sweetened drink for the kid as a substitute.
In a public listening to on the measure, 5 councilmembers — Marcia Martin, Joan Peck, Polly Christensen, Susie Hidalgo-Fahring and Tim Waters — indicated they might be voting for it.
Mayor Brian Bagley prompt he’d be casting a dissenting vote — as a result of, he stated, kids’s well being issues comparable to weight problems and diabetes transcend the content material of sugar in restaurant meals, and households “are going to should do much more” to handle the problem.
“I do suppose the dialogue is worth it,” Bagley stated, including that it’s “an ongoing difficulty we’re going to should be speaking about.”
Councilman Aren Rodriguez stated he wasn’t against the ordinance, however he sought to desk it and postpone the Council’s consideration of ultimate approval till someday sooner or later — with no set date however not less than by the top of March. He stated that may permit for the gathering of extra knowledge in regards to the deserves of such a measure and to right what he stated has been “a lot info on the market.”
Nonetheless, Rodriguez’s movement to postpone motion on the ordinance died for lack of a second..
Bagley and Rodriguez wound up casting the one dissents in Tuesday evening’s vote.
Boulder County Public Well being will test for compliance with the ordinance on the identical time it conducts Longmont restaurant inspections. If its inspectors discover a violation, the county well being company would contact a Longmont code enforcement officer or police officer, and the town would then implement it, beginning with a warning.
Metropolis workers has stated after that first written warning, one other violation might lead to a summons for a restaurant consultant to seem in Longmont Municipal Court docket, the place the restaurant might face a potential positive of $100, if convicted. Conviction of any second violation inside a 12-month interval might lead to a positive of $200, whereas a 3rd or subsequent violation inside a 12 months’s time might lead to a $500 positive.
Additionally at Tuesday’s assembly, councilmembers voted unanimously to offer preliminary approval to an ordinance that may improve metropolis utility clients’ electrical charges Jan. 1.
Metropolis workers prompt a two-year fee improve schedule for Longmont Energy and Communications’ electrical utility clients, mountaineering present residential month-to-month fundamental charges by 2.5% in 2022 and one other 2.5% on Jan. 1, 2023.
Ensuing costs would rely on the speed class a house is in and the quantity of kilowatt hours of electrical energy the house makes use of.
A “typical” buyer within the residential family utilizing 700 kilowatt hours a month might see its common electrical invoice improve from a 2021 fee cost of $72.03 a month to $73.82 a month in 2022 after which to $75.64 a month in 2023, in accordance with Longmont Energy and Communications spokesperson Scott Rochat.
The electrical utility fee improve ordinance will now be scheduled for a public listening to and remaining Council motion on Oct. 26.