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Commission votes to make county grounds smoke free

By Staff | Dec 7, 2012

With the prospect of a statewide workplace smoking ban just days away, the Pierce County Commission voted 4-1 on Dec. 4 to go smoke free on all county grounds.

The commission debated the issue for quite a while with all five giving input.

Commissioner David Migler said that if it was going to be done, now would be the time to do it, with a workplace smoking ban set to be implemented statewide starting Dec. 6.

The statewide Measure 4 passed with 66.67 percent, over 209,000 voters favoring the ban.

Commissioners questioned how the smoking ban on county grounds would be enforced.

When the group finally voted, only Rick Larson voted against the ban, saying he thought the statewide measure was sufficient.

The commission also discussed the potential return of Pierce County Sheriff Matt Lunde, who has been on medical leave since late October. When Lunde started his leave, he expected it would last through the end of the calendar year.

Acting Sheriff Josh Siegler said he was contacted in the past week by Lunde, who told Siegler he planned to return some time between the New Year and the middle of January.

The commission had given Siegler the power to hire a deputy but with Lunde possibly returning within a month, the commissioners decided continuing the job search wasn’t necessary.

The commission said once Lunde returned, it would meet with him regarding some issues with his job performance prior to his taking the leave.

Commissioners also discussed the best way to decrease heat bills at some of its buildings, especially Memorial Hall.

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