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City considers smoke-free parks

May 15, 2013

In a workshop prior to its regular meeting Monday, the Bonner Springs City Council discussed the possibility of smoke-free parks.

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The city’s Parks and Recreation Board recommended the move, citing the dangers of second-hand smoke exposure. Currently, smoking is allowed in all parks and at least 20 feet from entrances to the community center.

The board considered creating specific smoking areas or smoke-free zones, but members thought that smoke would still blow into areas in which nonsmokers were located, and it may be hard to designate exact boundaries for smoke-free zones. Smoking also creates more litter for parks maintenance crews, the board noted. They recommended making parks property completely smoke free with a $50 penalty per offense.

They noted that some area cities already had no smoking in parks, such as Liberty, Mo., and Gladstone, Mo., as well as the Blue Valley Recreation system. Turner Recreation limits smoking to parking lots, while cities such as Gardner, Lansing and Lee's Summit, Mo., had smoke-free zones.

But council members could not reach of a consensus of support for designating the parks as smoke-free. They remanded the matter back to the parks board, asking for further study of both smoke-free zones and designated smoking areas.

During its regular meeting, the council:

• Heard proclamations for National Police Day (May 15), Law Enforcement Week (May 12-18); EMS Week (May 19-25) and National Nursing Home Week, as well as a proclamation for the Bonner Springs High School journalism state champions.

• Approved items on the consent agenda.

• Approved appointments to city boards and commissions.

• Approved a final payment to the Kansas Department of Transportation for the K-32 project.

• Approved an ordinance to amend cemetery regulations.

• Approved an interlocal agreement with the county for the Loring Service Area.

• Approved an ordinance to establish new ward district boundaries.

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