Smoking Ban Proposed for Municipal Buildings

An amended ordinance would ban smoking at township municipal buildings except for designated smoking areas.

Municipal employees and visitors to public offices would no longer be able smoke within the vicinity of the buildings if an amendment passes township council this month.

At Monday's Township Council meeting, an amendment to existing smoking regulations was introduced that would ban smoking on all public land in the township. 

Township administrator James White said the ordinance would extend to include municipal buildings, as township schools and parks are already designated smoke-free zones.

Councilwoman Nancy Pinkin said she was concerned about the ordinance and the use of the wording "public land," as it was not clear what that would encompass.

"Are other (towns) using this restrictive of an ordinance?" she said.

Mayor David Stahl said designated smoking areas would be established for municipal employees to use during work hours. 

Pinkin said she believed that the council should see a list of designated smoking areas on township property before passing the ordinance.

The council approved the first reading of the ordinance on Monday and set Feb. 25 to hold a public hearing on it.

Louise February 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I am shocked that we don't already have an ordinance. This is a no-brainer.
Christopher February 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Agreeing with all of you.
See for yourself on Ch 3 February 06, 2013 at 08:08 PM
In all defense of councilwoman Pinkin (I watched the meeting) she was only concerned with the wording of the ordinance, which was vague. It stated no smoking on public lands (or something to that effect) and she raised the issue that a sidewalk is public land. As is a car parked in the library parking lot. How would this be enforced and where can an employee smoke if their car is now off limits? Her questions were never answered and councilwoman contrino verbally attacked pinkin accusing her of making a mountain out of a mole hill and being overly nitpicky. Meanwhile contrino blatenly suggested that the council call a vote intentionally to side step answering pinkin's concerns. The vote was 4 in favor and nancy abstained. I though contrino's disrespectful comments made the process into a circus show. Nancy only wanted clarity. She was not necessarily opposed to the idea.
Madeline February 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
I watched the meeting too, and on the contrary, Pinkin was only concerned with getting up on her soap box (didn't you notice she's running for Assembly??) and having the spotlight on herself. Both Mayor Stahl & the BA, Jim White, indicated that her concerns were not something that needed to be addressed before the vote. I'm glad Contrino indicated how unreasonable Pinkin was being and called for the vote. Everyone is sick of hearing how Pinkin thinks she's the expert on EVERYTHING and ANYTHING!! Pinkin is the one who made it into a circus.
Norman February 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Well well...nice to hear two opposing views on this. Like the man said there is ALWAYS two sides to every story......interesting to read about how this was interpreted. I will try to find the replay and watch for myself.


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