The use of e-cigarettes is not federally regulated, meaning manufacturers can market and sell the products to anyone. But the new ordinance regulates the sale and distribution of them to minors in Portland.
Moore Vapor, at 708 Moore Ave., and Vaperized, at 1500 Wildcat Drive, are the only two businesses in Portland that specialize in selling e-cigarette products. During the meeting, Mayor David Krebs referenced a June 26 Portland News article, in which both storeowners voiced their support for the ordinance.
“It was great that the owners supported the ordinance,” Krebs said.
Moore Vapor owner Ryan Malone and Vaperized owner Steve Berendt both said they do not sell e-cigarettes to minors.
In other business, the Council approved a proposal for engineering design for an overlay project that will rehabilitate twenty-one city streets, and expand the Bell Whittington Library’s parking lot. The project includes reconstructing Memorial Parkway.
Council members selected the streets in February, and city staff intends to split the project into two phases.
The Memorial Parkway northbound section from Lang Road to Billy G. Webb Drive that will be rehabilitated is located directly adjacent to T.M. Clark Elementary School, so city officials are targeting construction there to occur in summer 2015, when school is not in session. Separating the project into two phases limits the possibility of the contractor missing the construction window needed – due to delays on other portions of the project – for completion.
“We don’t want it dragging into the school year,” Assistant City Manager Brian DeLatte said. “There would be bad traffic, and that’s not a good situation for children.”
Councilman David Lewis asked whether the time allotted to repair Memorial Parkway would be sufficient, and was told that it was possible, albeit difficult.
“I’d rather have the ugly truth up front rather than hear about it later,” Lewis said. “It’s doable, if they stay on the job, but it sounds tight.”
The proposal for both phases of the project includes facilitating public meetings to share information with residents concerning design and construction sequencing. City Manager Randy Wright said the Memorial Parkway project will be one of the city’s first to feature a public meeting that will be available for residents.
The project will cost $4 million, and will be funded by certificates of obligation.
The design proposal from Coym, Rehmet & Gutierrez Engineering, L.P. the Council approved for the project will cost $504,135.