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 youngsters’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 teenagers’ meals.
The ordinance won’t impede clients’ means to order a unique beverage or the restaurant’s means to promote them a unique choice. A mother or father, guardian or different grownup shopping for the meal might nonetheless order a soda or sugar-sweetened drink for the kid as an alternative.
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 advised he’d be casting a dissenting vote — as a result of, he mentioned, youngsters’s well being issues resembling weight problems and diabetes transcend the content material of sugar in restaurant meals, and households “are going to should do much more” to deal with the problem.
“I do assume the dialogue is worth it,” Bagley mentioned, including that it’s “an ongoing situation we’re going to should be speaking about.”
Councilman Aren Rodriguez mentioned 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 at the very least by the top of March. He mentioned that may permit for the gathering of extra knowledge concerning the deserves of such a measure and to appropriate what he mentioned has been “a lot data 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 verify for compliance with the ordinance on the similar 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 town would then implement it, beginning with a warning.
Metropolis employees has mentioned after that first written warning, one other violation might end in a summons for a restaurant consultant to seem in Longmont Municipal Court docket, the place the restaurant might face a attainable tremendous of $100, if convicted. Conviction of any second violation inside a 12-month interval might end in a tremendous of $200, whereas a 3rd or subsequent violation inside a 12 months’s time might end in a $500 tremendous.
Additionally at Tuesday’s assembly, councilmembers voted unanimously to present preliminary approval to an ordinance that may improve metropolis utility clients’ electrical charges Jan. 1.
Metropolis employees advised a two-year fee improve schedule for Longmont Energy and Communications’ electrical utility clients, climbing present residential month-to-month primary charges by 2.5% in 2022 and one other 2.5% on Jan. 1, 2023.
Ensuing prices 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 line 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.