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West Fork City Council Moves on Proposed No-Smoking Ordinance

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March 29, 2010 by wcobserver

Members Also Vote to Annex Property and Update City Codes

(KINCAID)

West Fork parks director Stephen Sprick requested a no-smoking ordinance be enacted for city parks during the March 9 city council meeting.

“It will take more than signs,”  Sprick said. “There should be a fine to it, in writing.”

Council member Jami Coker asked Sprick who would enforce it.

“I can call officers after a warning,”  Sprick said.

West Fork already has an ordinance that bans smoking in city buildings, which includes park pavilions, restrooms and concession stands.

Coker said Sprick should talk to the parks committee to gather ideas and get it started.

All council members voted in favor of pursuing a draft of the ordinance.

The council then passed three ordinances unanimously, one which addressed outdated fees for building permits.

“They definitely need to be updated,” city manager Michael “Butch” Bartholomew said. “We’ve got to cover the city’s cost.”

New fees for building permits are $40 for the first $2,000 of the estimated project cost and $1 for each additional thousand.

The additional ordinances approved were for the annexation of property on Bullard Road and for updates in standard inspection and building codes.

In other business: Bartholomew said the water department has been performing upgrades on fire hydrants; Paul Libor reported the Renewable Resource Center had recycled 9,660 lbs. in February;  head librarian Joan Bachman said she issued 13 new library cards and circulation was up almost 9 percent, with 7,022 items being checked this February compared with 6,453 last year.

Throgmorton closed the meeting by reiterating the readiness of city resources in case of weather-related emergencies. A direct connection for the city’s generator has been added to the community center and the center is stocked with food, she said.

“We’re ready,” she said. “We’ve seen 18 inches of snow in March before.”

Throgmorton said during last year’s ice storm, a team of city officials and workers called residents and made welfare visits.

“We want to take care of our citizens.”

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