City Council Considering a New Smoking Ordinance
During the 2017 City Council Strategic Planning session, the Council identified their desire to focus on improving overall City appearance. Goal #1, City Appearance - Provide policies, amenities, and events that enhance the City’s already beautiful and historic natural environment. Within that goal was Objective #2 - Review and consider various proposals for an updated smoking ordinance.
After the adoption of the Strategic Plan, City staff began reviewing similar ordinances from 10 cities that are similar in size, budget, and demographics to Huntsville.
Before presenting a new ordinance for Council consideration, the City invited 30 local businesses and restaurants to attend meetings to share their input and ideas regarding a new comprehensive smoking ordinance. The businesses were those that might be the most impacted by a more restrictive ordinance (some locations are already smoke-free).
The new updated ordinance proposes restricting smoking in workplaces, bars, restaurant patios, bowling alleys,indoor restaurants and various other places defined within the ordinance. The current ordinance that is in place was adopted in 1987.
At the April 18 City Council meeting, the updated comprehensive ordinance was on the agenda for a first reading, meaning Council heard the item and allowed for public comment but no action was taken. The ordinance will be on the agenda for the May 2 City Council meeting to be voted on. You can view the proposed ordinance in the April 18 City Council packet at http://huntsvilletx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8617 on page 137.
If you are unable to attend the May 2 City Council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall, you can watch it live on Channel 7 or live streamed from the City website at http://huntsvilletx.gov/550/Watch-Meeting-Videos.