Board: Smoking ban should go to voters

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The town of Hayden will not support The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act.

Judy Hiester, tobacco prevention program coordinator for the Visiting Nurse Association, requested the Hayden Town Board's support Thursday of the proposed legislation, which would ban smoking in public places and most businesses.

Board members said voters, not the state Legislature, should decide the issue.

"I don't like the state dictating to municipalities how they should do their business, in this case," mayor Chuck Grobe said.

Mayor Pro Tem Crecencio "Chencho" Salazar agreed.

"I think it's up to the individual businesses to do in on their own," he said. "The people who live here and visit here will respect it."

Hiester emphasized that second-hand smoke kills 50,000 to 60,000 people a year and that many victims have low incomes and little access to health care.

"We feel the health concerns supercede, as you said, taking it to the voters," she said.

Also Thursday, Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland explained changes to voting precincts that will affect West Routt and Hayden.

The changes are being made to account for growth and also to comply better with requirements in The Help America Vote Act.

In West Routt County, precincts 11 and 12 will be renumbered as precincts 2 and 5. U.S. Highway 40 now will be the boundary between those precincts, which also will include the Milner area, previously served by precinct 17.

Hayden Town Clerk Lisa Johnston and other clerks from throughout the county provided input about the changes, which will not affect boundaries for other districts.

The county also plans to move the voting areas for precincts 2 and 5 into the Routt County Fairgrounds exhibit hall. Eventually, the county hopes to establish voting centers throughout the county, where people could vote regardless of their precincts, Weinland said.

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