City Council to vote on e-cigarette ban, budget, Research Park proposal

Proposed extra plat of land for the ISU Research Park.

Christie Smith

Ames City Council members are expected to support a final passage of an ordinance to ban e-cigarettes in public spaces during an Ames City Council meeting Tuesday at City Hall.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 5:15 p.m., more than an hour earlier than usual. The first part of the meeting will serve as a “budget wrap-up,” where council members will finalize and vote on the city’s budget for fiscal year 2016/2017.

The council sat through three budget meetings last week to review proposed spending for the next fiscal year.

A regular City Council meeting will begin after the budget meeting.

The agenda includes voting on a resolution to approve tax abatements for the city’s Urban Revitalization project and an ordinance to rezone property along Delaware Avenue for high-density residential.

Iowa State is also requesting an additional land plat just to the south of the Research Park. Iowa State has proposed to create one additional lot beyond the ones that were originally approved. 

The additional plat would be available for any new developments in the Research Park.

Ames City Manager Steve Schainker, after a review, recommends the council approve the request. 

The council’s vote on the anticipated e-cigarette ordinance is last on Tuesday’s agenda.