TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Synthetic drugs were on the minds for area council-members Thursday night. The city of Terre Haute is looking at new ways to keep the streets and schools safe.
Summer is coming to a close and soon your students will be back in school. So the sunshine meeting of the Terre Haute city council, focused on making the city safer now and when those kids get back to class.
The city's legal department and drug task force team worked together on an amendment to the city's adult business law to include shops that sell tobacco smoking devices.
City legal says the expanded law would give police better control over tobacco smoking products that can be used for illegal drugs as well.
This doesn't mean cigarettes, or cigars would be affected. It would give police the ability to check on smoke shops to make sure they are in compliance.
"You know you had a lot of problems with the K2 issues, the marijuana issues and they wanna make sure they keep a tight lid on the sale of certain items because it can be used for the elicit consumption," Chou-Il Lee, Terre haute's city attorney said.
City police also approached the council about moving funds to pay for school safety.
Earlier this year we told you, Terre Haute police would place school resource officers in every city school.
At Thursday's meeting, City Police Chief John Plasse asked that close to $130,000 be moved to pay for that fund.
But while he is asking for it this year, he wants school safety to be a direct expense for police in years to come.
"That's why we're gonna make sure it's in the budget for next year," Plasse said. "So it's not like we are playing catch up. We wanna make sure it's sound and it's in there."
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