Hamilton City Council Approved ‘Hometown Christmas’

Council To Consider Tobacco Free Ordinance

In a phone conference with City Council members on November 21, Library Trustee Kara Nutsch sought approval for holding a tree lighting ceremony in the Hamilton Town Center. The Community Christmas, affectionately coined ‘Hometown Christmas’, received approval from council members, along with a donation of $100. The tentative date for the holiday celebration is Sunday, December 15. Plans for the community wide event are currently still in the works, but hot chocolate, Christmas carols and gifts for children who submit applications were mentioned. Ornament donations can be brought to Hamilton City Hall.

Sam Watts with Healthier Greenwood County Coalition brought a sample tobacco free ordinance before the council, asking members to adopt a tobacco free policy, similar to ones enforced in Eureka and Madison. If approved, it would no longer be permissible to smoke in public places such as the park, library and community center. Signs would be placed in areas where the policy would apply, at no cost to the community. Hamilton City Council members agreed to revisit the topic in January.

City Council member, Joe Beeman, voiced concerns over discrepancies he found when reviewing the monthly profit/loss report. City Clerk, Kelly Cathey, told the council that numerical differences could be attributed to money not clearing the bank yet, but she would look into the issue further with city treasurer Cindy Hardin.


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