After months of debate, both internally and within the community, the Sherman City Council on Monday will consider whether to ban smoking in city restaurants. The Council is expected to consider formal action on a smoking ban ordinance during its regular bimonthly meeting, to be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Sherman City Hall.

After months of debate, both internally and within the community, the Sherman City Council on Monday will consider whether to ban smoking in city restaurants. The Council is expected to consider formal action on a smoking ban ordinance during its regular bimonthly meeting, to be held at 5 p.m. Monday at Sherman City Hall.


Councilors have appeared split during past meetings about whether banning smoking in city restaurants is a prudent step for the city to take. Individual councilors have supported the idea wholeheartedly while others have expressed reservations about interfering with the private sector. City Manager Robby Hefton is expected to provide the Council with a range of options in order to try and find consensus.


In other business, the Council will hold a public hearing regarding a proposed tax abatement for the expansion at the city’s Panda power plant; discuss participation in the state’s Main Street program; and discuss the proposed property tax rate for the next budget year, which is not expected to change.