Smoking Outside: UT Cedar City

Utah Cedar City Update

Council OKs smoking ban

9/27/07
By ARIANNE COPE, acope1@thespectrum.com

CEDAR CITY – The Cedar City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night for an ordinance banning all smoking in city parks, within 25 feet of bus stops and within 50 feet of mass gatherings.

Violation of the ordinance carries a $25 fine.
“No smoking” signs will be conspicuously posted in every city park as part of the ordinance.

City parks are listed in the ordinance as city-owned parks, public squares, ball diamonds, soccer fields and the Cedar City Library in the Park. A 50-foot radius around the outdoor grandstands at the Cross Hollows Arena was also included in the ordinance. A mass gathering was specified as an outdoor assembly of 100 or more people.

Although unanimous in their decision, some council members felt the need to legislate on issues of morality was unfortunate.

Council members John Westwood and Jolene Goff said they are always hesitant to implement more legislation, but felt that the public health concerns warranted the ordinance’s creation.

Westwood and Goff said their votes seek to empower people to step forward and demand clean air.

“Hopefully it will give people a little more nerve,” Westwood said.

In other council news, several major project bids were approved, including construction on the Leigh Hill Reservoir and Coal Creek flood control projects. The council was especially pleased that all the lowest bids were from local contractors and would provide Cedar City residents with employment opportunities.

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