Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 8, 2013

Newton bans synthetic drugs

NEWTON — Newton is joining other communities in banning synthetic drugs, one of which is commonly known as K2.

Newton Police Chief Mike Swick approached Newton City Council Tuesday about implementing an ordinance that would put Newton more in line with other local cities that have already banned the synthetic substances.

The ordinance would make it illegal to buy, sell or possess “synthetic alternative drugs,” such as the synthetic marijuana, K2.

“The problem is that there’s no state statute to come some of these things,” Swick said. “We’ve noticed that this has been coming to Newton.”

Swick said the ordinance may need to be amended in the future to cover all the substances it would include. The council voted unanimously to approve the ordinance.

The council also voted Tuesday on a long discussed revision to the health care plan that would have city officials using the Jasper County Health Department for many of their needs. The changes to the health care agreement will take effect on July 1.

“It should be a good thing for all of us,” said city Treasurer Connie Tate.

In other matters, the council approved bids for street maintenance over the summer. Four bids were accepted, totaling more than $81,000 and the bids were unanimously approved.

Additionally, the council voted to table acting on considerations on a contract with Lamar Co. for advertisements for the Five Aprils Crossing Subdivision to a later date.

Also Tuesday, returning city council members were sworn in. The only turnover in city officers was the position for city clerk, with Rosie York taking over for Alice Addis.

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

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