Hope to consider vaping ban on town-owned property

The town of Hope will be considering a ban on vaping on town property, just in time for Hope Heritage Days.

The town already bans smoking inside the town square and other town-owned property. But at last week’s meeting of the council, members said they wanted to ban vaping also.

The town attorney said he needed time to put together an appropriate ordinance. A special meeting of the town council will be held at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Town Hall to consider the vaping proposal. The three-day Hope Heritage Days festival starts at noon on Friday.

The council is also set to consider a tax abatement for Indiana Custom Fabrication and Long Family Enterprises Thursday afternoon. The company is planning a $700,000 expansion that will add 30-50 employees. A tax abatement would suspend property taxes on the new building and equipment for the first year, and then phase in taxes over the life of the abatement.