Farmington officials talk vaping, parking on Monday

Farmington city council members during a Monday, 6 p.m., special meeting will discuss an increase in fines for parking scofflaws and enacting a local ordinance that bans sale of “vape” products to minors.

The city’s Parking Advisory Committee is recommending a $100 fine for motorists who violate 3-hour time limits in downtown parking lots more than three times. The fine would also affect those who “shuffle,” or move their cars from space to space as a way of avoiding a ticket.

While selling e-cigarettes and related products to minors violates federal law, the State of Michigan does not regulate them. In a memo to council members, Public Safety Director Frank Demers said many communities are enacting local ordinances to bridge the gap.

Other agenda items include a proposed ordinance requiring motorists to stop for pedestrians at a non-signaled crosswalk and an overview of the city’s pension program.

At  7 p.m., officials will move from the conference room into council chambers for their regular meeting. Items on that agenda include:

  • presentation of the Public Safety Department’s Accreditation Certificate,
  • discussion of a traffic control order that would allow parking on the east side of Gill Road south of Earl Court,
  • purchase and installation of new water meters,
  • increases in some city fees, and
  • ending an agreement that had the city manager also serving as Downtown Development Authority director.

The full agendas for both meetings are post at farmgov.com.