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Smoking soon will be taboo in Shreveport’s bars, casinos

Ban on tobacco use goes into effect Aug. 1
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Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 6:17 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 9:04 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A ban on smoking in Shreveport’s bars and casinos soon will go into effect.

City council members approved the legislation in 2020.

And the impending change Aug. 1 spurred discussion when the city council met Tuesday, June 22.

Dr. Martha Whyte, the Louisiana Office of Public Health’s medical director for northwest Louisiana, was among proponents who addressed council members.

“We come through this terrible place,” Dr. Whyte said. “Do we really want to go back to a time where we don’t consider our health and the health of those in this community?”

Others also praised the prohibition against tobacco use, saying it comes none too soon.

“Thank you for protecting the Shreveport community and all service industry professionals working in bars and gaming from second hand smoke,” said Feamula Bradley, Tobacco-Free Living regional manager said.

They also have argued that the COVID-19 pandemic provides all the more reason for the ban.

On the other hand, representatives of Shreveport’s casinos — Sam’s Town and El Dorado — again told council members Tuesday the ban will only further hurt their businesses, which already have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

“The casino industry, like many in the community, have been through so much the last 15, 16 months with the pandemic,” said Ron Berry, Sam’s Town former vice president & general manager.

They referred to a 2009 study on the effects of Illinois casinos when a smoking ban went into effect. In the study, “Estimates suggest that revenue and admissions at Illinois casinos declined by more than 20 percent ($400 million) and 12 percent, respectively. Calculations reveal that casino tax revenue to state and local governments declined by approximately $200 million.”

“It, of course, talked about the game and revenue drop. It talked about the admissions decline, the amount of spending, the job loss, but those were forward looking estimates,” said Paul Avery, El Dorado Casino Resort vice president & general manager. “What needs to be understood is that it’s rooted in historical data. It’s not just pure speculation.”

District C Councilman John Nickelson didn’t mince words when he defended the city council’s decision.

Following is the city council agenda for Tuesday, June 22:

Agenda - 06/22/2021

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING
Notice Posted: 6/18/2021 12:00 PM

Public Notice: Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Shreveport shall hold its Administrative Conference and Regular Meeting on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. The combined meeting will be held in the Government Chamber at Government Plaza (505 Travis Street).
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ADMINISTRATIVE CONFERENCE
AND
CITY COUNCIL MEETING AGENDA
June 22, 2021

1.

Call to order

2.

Invocation

3.

Roll call

4.

Approval of Minutes: Administrative Conference and City Council Meeting

                June 8, 2021

5.

Awards and Recognitions of Distinguished Guests, Communications of the Mayor relative to city business, and Required Reports

A.

Awards and recognition of distinguished guests by City Council members, not to exceed fifteen minutes

B.

Awards and recognition of distinguished guests by the Mayor, not to exceed fifteen minutes

C.

Communications of the Mayor relative to city business other than awards and recognition of distinguished guests

D.

Reports:

Property Standards Report (Resolution 7 of 2003)
Revenue Collection Plan & Implementation Report (Resolution 114 of 2009)
Surety Bond Forfeitures Report (Resolution 238 of 2010)
Master Plan Committee Report (Resolution 132 of 2012)
Budget to Actual Financial Report (Resolution 183 of 2017) 
6.

Public Hearing: None

7.

Adding Items to the Agenda, Public Comments, Confirmations and Appointments

A.

Adding legislation to the agenda (regular meeting only) and public comments on motions to add items to the agenda

B.

Public Comments (In accordance with Section 1.11 of the Rules of Procedure) (Public Comments on any matter of public concern regardless of whether the item is on the agenda)

C.

Confirmation and Appointments: None

8.

Consent Agenda Legislation

A.

To Introduce Routine Ordinances and Resolutions

 

Resolutions: None

 

Ordinances: None

B.

To Adopt Ordinances and Resolutions

 

Resolutions: None

 

Ordinances: None

9.

Regular Agenda Legislation

A.

Resolutions on Second Reading and Final Passage or Which will require Only One Reading

 

RES 79

Authorizing the use of certain city-owned equipment by ALH modeling, LLC, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.
 

RES 80

Authorizing the City of Shreveport, Louisiana Purchasing Agent to reject all bids received for 2021 or 2022 TA60 Bucket Truck IFB Bid #21-029 and to otherwise provide with respect thereto
 

RES 82

To recognize AT&T for its commitment and contributions to the City of Shreveport and the State of Louisiana, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto (F/Green)

Documents:
  1. ATT.pdf
 

RES 83

Accepting the public dedication of Nelson Street right-of-way in Map Showing Resubdivision Survey of the Singh Petroleum 1 Subdivision and otherwise providing with respect thereto. (A/Taylor)

 

RES 84

To support efforts to secure funding and assistance with the repair of severely eroded areas along the Red River and to otherwise provide with respect thereto 

 

RES 85

To support the construction of a passenger rail through the City of Shreveport along the I-20 corridor and to otherwise provide with respect thereto

 

RES 86

Endorsing grant application submission to the U.S. Department of Transportation to secure funds from 2021 discretionary grant funding and to otherwise provide with respect thereto

B.

Introduction of Resolutions (Not to be adopted prior to July 13, 2021)

 

RES 87

Authorizing the Mayor to execute a Contract between the City of Shreveport, Louisiana and C. Edwards Concepts, LLC. to provide curbside recycling within the limits of Shreveport and to otherwise provide with respect thereto

 

RES 88

Authorizing the execution of a retainer agreement with Kenneth Antee, Jr., a Professional Law Corporation relative to solid waste litigation and to otherwise provide with respect thereto

C.

Introduction of Ordinances (Not to be adopted prior to July 13, 2021)

 

ORD 86

Amending the 2021 Capital Projects Fund Budget and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. 

Documents:
  1. New FS 8.pdf
 

ORD 87

Amending the 2021 General Fund Budget and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 88

Amending the 2021 General Fund Budget and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 89

Amending the 2021 Riverfront Development Special Revenue Fund Budget and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 90

Amending the 2021 Solid Waste Enterprise Fund Budget and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

Documents:
  1. SW companion.pdf
 

ORD 91

To amend the Metropolitan Planning Commission’s fee schedule for the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, Unified Development Code relative to fees for the Short-Term Rental Property, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 92

To amend various articles and sections in the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, Unified Development Code, relative to Short-Term Rental Property, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 93

To add Chapter 106 to Code of the Ordinances relative to Short-Term Rental Property, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 94

To repeal Section 50-212 (a)(10) and to amend Section 50-212 (b) of Article V of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Shreveport relative to the Smokefree Air Act and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (E/Flurry)

 

ORD 95

To amend various articles and sections in the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, Unified Development Code, related to the review and approval processes made by the City Engineer, in an attempt to better expedite the permitting process and to otherwise provide with respect thereto.

 

ORD 96

Zoning Case No. 21-39-C: An ordinance to amend the official zoning map of the City Of Shreveport Unified Development Code, by rezoning property located on the southwest corner of West 80th Street and St. Vincent Avenue, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, from C-2, Corridor Commercial District To C-3, General Commercial District. (F/Green)

 

ORD 97

Zoning Case No. 21-53-C: An ordinance to amend the official zoning map of the City Of Shreveport Unified Development Code, by rezoning property located on the north side of East 61st Street, approximately one hundred forty feet west of Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, from R-1-7, Single Family Residential District To C-1, Neighborhood Commercial District. (C/Nickelson)

 

ORD 98

Zoning Case No. 21-59-C: An ordinance to amend the official zoning map of the City Of Shreveport Unified Development Code, by rezoning property located on the south side of Topeka Street, approximately one hundred seventy feet west of Centenary Boulevard, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, from C-2, Corridor Commercial District To R-3, Multi-Family Residential District. (B/Fuller)

 

ORD 99

Zoning Case No. 21-64-C: An ordinance to amend the official zoning map of the City Of Shreveport Unified Development Code, by rezoning property located on the southwest corner of Curtis Lane And Revere Avenue, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, From R-1-7, Single Family Residential District To R-1-10, Single Family Residential District. (A/Taylor)

D.

Ordinances on Second Reading and Final Passage (Numbers are assigned Ordinance Numbers)

 

ORD 72

To amend certain portions of Chapter 26 of the City of Shreveport Code of Ordinances relative to the architectural and engineering selection process, and otherwise providing with respect thereto. (B/Fuller) Amendment No. 1
 

ORD 82

Declaring the city’s interest in certain vacant land as surplus, and our intention to donate certain vacant land acquired by Community Development, to Fuller Center for Housing of Northwest Louisiana, Inc.; and to otherwise provide with respect thereto  (Not to be adopted prior to July 13, 2021)
 

ORD 83

Declaring the City's interest in certain house and land as surplus, and our intention to donate certain house and land acquired by Community Development to the Grace Project, Inc; and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (Not to be adopted prior to July 13, 2021)
 

ORD 84

To amend certain portions of Chapter 90 of the City of Shreveport Code of Ordinances to prohibit the operation of  rental or commercial electric low speed scooters and otherwise providing with respect thereto
 

ORD 85

To amend certain portions of chapter 22 of the City of Shreveport Code of Ordinances relative to demolition delay in the Downtown Development District and otherwise providing with respect thereto (B/Fuller)
 

ORD 80

Zoning Case No. 21-35-C: An Ordinance to amend the official zoning map of the City Of Shreveport Unified Development Code, by rezoning property located on the north side of Buncombe Road, approximately one hundred fifty feet northeast of Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Expressway, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, from C-2, Corridor Commercial District to R-3, Multi-Family Residential District and to otherwise provide with respect thereto (G/Bowman)
10.

Tabled Legislation

A.

Ordinances/Resolutions:

 

Ord 104

Amending Chapter 78, Article II, Division 3 of the City of Shreveport, Louisiana, Code of Ordinances relative to poles and wires and to otherwise provide with respect thereto (C/Nickelson) (Tabled on October 27, 2020)

 

RES 47

To terminate the Cooperative Endeavor Agreement between the City of Shreveport and the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (B/Fuller) (Tabled April 27, 2021)
 

ORD 50

Amending Section 2-31 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Shreveport to provide for an increase in the salary of the Mayor, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (C/Nickelson, G/Bowman) (Tabled on April 27, 2021)
 

ORD 51

Amending Section 2-32 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Shreveport to provide for an increase in the salaries of members of the City Council, and to otherwise provide with respect thereto. (C/Nickelson, G/Bowman) (Tabled April 27, 2021)
11.

Appeals

A.

Property Standards Appeals: NONE

B.

Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance Appeals

ALCOHOL PERMIT APPEAL - CIRCLE K – JEWELLA INVESTMENTS

Denial of application of Emam Hajali for alcohol permit for Circle K – Jewella Investments, 6976 Jewella Ave, Shreveport, LA (F/Green) (Postponed June 8, 2021)


C.

Metropolitan Planning Commission and ZBA Appeals: NONE

D.

Other Appeals

 

SOB Appeals: None

 

Taxi Appeals: None

12.

Reports from officers, boards, and committees

13.

Clerk's Report

The following letter of appointments was received from the Mayor’s office on June 16, 2021, and are subject for confirmation on July 13, 2021)
Interim Chief Financial Officer - Kasey Brown
Human Resource Board - Willie Henderson Sr.
Interim Airport Director - Stephanie Tucker

14.

Additional Communications


A.

Additional Communications from the Mayor


B.

Additional Communications from Council Members


15.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Charlie Caldwell, Jr., et al. vs. City of Shreveport
Docket No.: 621,853
First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish, Louisiana


16.

Adjournment

_________________________________
James Flurry, Chairman

____________________________________
Danielle A. Farr-Ewing, Clerk of Council






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