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Spencer may broaden tobacco ban

SPENCER — Aldermen in Spencer will consider broadening the town’s tobacco ban to municipal vehicles and buildings.
Spencer elected officials in March voted to ban cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products from the town’s parks and recreation facilities. When they meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, aldermen will discuss prohibiting smoking and the use of tobacco in all town property.
Also on Tuesday’s agenda:
• A public hearing on a proposed amendment that spells out the town’s regulation on solar energy developments, such as where they would be allowed, screening requirements and how they would be measured.
There is a growing interest in solar farms in Rowan County, with several under construction or recently approved including Strata Solar on N.C. Highway 150 near Salisbury, Argand Energy in the 1300 block of Redmon Road and O2 Energies between Rockwell and China Grove.
Solar farms boost the tax base without demanding services like schools, water and garbage collection.
• Departmental reports, town manager report and mayoral report
• Public comment
• Contract with auditor
• Set a date for the required public hearing on the budget. The next budget workshop is set for May 20, and the suggested date for the budget public hearing is June 10 during the regular Board of Aldermen meeting.
• Budget amendments
• Sale of damaged surplus lockers as scrap metal.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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