Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Public Information Meeting on City's Smoke-Free Proposal Tonight

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 7:59 AM

UPDATE: As a point of clarification, Wednesday's session is technically a public information meeting. A full public hearing will be held during the Boise City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

Tonight marks one of two public information and feedback sessions as the Boise City Council looks closer at a proposed ordinance to ban smoking in all public areas. The mandate, if adopted, would place further restrictions on smokers, extending to all bars and parks—including the Greenbelt.

"It’s intended to be an information forum," said Adam Park, spokesman for Mayor Dave Bieter. "It’s going to be kind of an informational session so people can get the full story on what’s being proposed."

The meeting will start with a presentation from Park, followed by a chance for audience members to ask questions. Park will serve as the liaison for public input. Representatives from the police and parks departments, as well as the attorney's office will also be on hand to answer questions. Comment cards will be available to send with Park to the Boise City Council work session on Tuesday, Oct. 11.

"[The week of Oct. 11] I’ll bring this information to the [Boise] City Council ... and then the following week we'll have the official formal public hearing where the public will have the opportunity to say whatever they say about the proposals."

Carol Howell who BW previously spoke with, will also be at tonight's meeting representing the bar 10th Street Station, which she owns with her husband Lynn. The Howells aren't interested in the city's proposal.

"It would hurt my business quite a bit," Lynn told Boise Weekly. "If they have signs that say 'no smoking,' why don’t they have signs that say 'smoking,' so they [non-smokers] know not to come in?"

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