The Jackson City Council had a busy virtual on Tuesday, July 14. Here are some highlights of what was decided:
The council unanimously approved a motion to engage the Jackson Public Arts Commission with a redesign of the official City Seal. Some community members have expressed concern about the seal referencing a controversial statue of President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. The council expressed the need for a seal that is more specific to the City of Jackson, Michigan.
The council approved an ordinance to prohibit the use of tobacco products, such as cigarettes and e-cigarettes, in public parks and cemeteries. A person who violates the ordinance will first be asked to stop using the tobacco products, the second step is asking the person to the leave area if they don’t stop using the products. If the person does not comply with the first two attempts, they could receive a civil infraction and subject to fines.
The council approved the first reading of an ordinance that states special assessments should not be approved without six of seven City Council members voting yes, if more than 50 percent of the residents who are being assessed object in writing. Another vote is needed to make the ordinance official.
The next City Council meeting is Aug. 11.