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Commission supports smoking ban in parks

 


By RALPH ANSAMI

ransami@yourdailyglobe.com

Ironwood — City of Ironwood officials will prepare a no-smoking policy in city parks to be brought to the city commission for action.

The only exceptions discussed to the smoking ban would be Curry Park and possibly Randa Field, commissioners agreed Monday.

Ironwood Community Development Director Michael Brown said the city’s parks and recreation committee recommended a smoking ban, with the exception of Curry Park, which offers a recreational vehicle campgrounds.

The motion to move forward with the smoking ban was approved 4-1, with Brandon Tauer opposed. Although he said he’s not a supporter of smoking, Tauer noted adults have been excluded from smoking in taverns and restaurants and are now being told they can’t smoke outside, either.

Rick Semo said he supports a no-smoking policy, but could see an exception for Curry Park.

Kim Corcoran said perhaps Randa Field should also be excluded from the ordinance.

Jim Mildren said he is “100 percent”‘ in favor of a no-smoking policy, considering the effects of smoking on children.

Mayor Annette Burchell said adults should be responsible when it comes to smoking, especially around children.

In addition to the unhealthy aspects of smoking, Brown said there has been an increase in cigarette butts at Depot Park and that means city employees are picking them up and spending time that could be better used elsewhere.

The commission agreed to support an option presented by Brown that would create an anti-smoking ordinance in parks, but formal action won’t be taken until a future meeting.

 
 

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