Smoking policy for WL parks has been put on hold

West Lafayette city council members want more time to work on an ordinance that would allow police to enforce a smoking ban in parks.

Posted: Jun. 5, 2018 11:49 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - West Lafayette city council members want more time to work on an ordinance that would allow police to enforce a smoking ban in parks.

As we reported, there is currently a policy in place that bans smoking in all parks. The ordinance would add the policy to city code, making it more enforceable and easier to issue fines.

However, there was some confusion at last Thursday's precouncil meeting about which smoking and tobacco products would be covered in the ordinance.

The council then voted Monday night to table the ordinance to next month's meeting.

"We'll have a month to work on it. I'm working with Eric Burns, the city attorney, to draft a language again to just cover all that we need to cover to make this an ordinance that will last the test," said Gerald Thomas, a council member.

The proposal will be back on the agenda for the council's July 9 meeting. Those meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Morton Community Center.

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