HAMMOND - At their meeting Monday night, Aug.26, trustees for the Village of Hammond unanimously adopted a new ordinance prohibiting the sale, purchase and possession of electronic nicotine delivery systems and non-nicotine devices by persons under the age of 18.

Hammond is the latest community to adopt such a measure to curtail vaping activities. Police Chief Rick Coltrain requested that the trustees consider adding the ordinance to enable more effective enforcement by his department.

“All the local municipalities are putting vaping policies into play. It helps us out with enforcement including at the high school. It gives us something concrete to work off of,” Coltrain said.

Coltrain also introduced the departments newest full-time officer, Tanner Rebhan, to the trustees.

The village continues to have problems with Computer Integration Technologies infrastructure work, in particular for the Police Department. CIT had to credit the village for roughly $2,800 worth of work completed for the department. To ensure better results from CIT, the village has instituted quarterly meetings to review the firm's work.

Other business

  • Trustees approved spending up to $11,500 for the purchase and installation of a 1,000 gallon diesel storage tank and $750 for the purchase of a transfer tank from Northern Tool.

  • Trustees approved spending up to $5,000 to install a new storm sewer catch basin on Vine Street between First and Second streets.

  • Trustees approved spending up to $6,000 to purchase a new lawn mower for the cemetery.

  • Trustees approved a new ordinance addressing the illegal dumping of trash, debris, tires, and appliances at the Village compost site. The village plans to install cameras on site to help enforcement and adopted a $250 fine for violations.

  • Following a closed session, trustees voted to deny a one-time payment of $4,500 to Coltrain for extra hours he had worked.