Fremont parks may go smoke free

2012-06-11T11:15:00Z Fremont parks may go smoke freeChris Zavadil/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
June 11, 2012 11:15 am  • 

Smoking will no longer be allowed in Fremont’s parks or on city trails if city council members approve a resolution they are to consider on Tuesday.

The council will meet at 7 p.m. on the second floor of the Municipal Building, preceded by a 6:45 p.m. study session

Parks and Recreation Director John Schmitz said Fremont is not alone in addressing smoking in city parks.

“Both Central City and Hastings have recently adopted similar resolutions,” Schmitz said in a staff report.

In fact, Fremont’s resolution is modeled after theirs.

“Other cities have banned smoking in designated areas within parks and many of them are now looking into banning tobacco products throughout the park,” he wrote. “This resolution would create a healthier environment for all people that use the parks.”

The resolution, approved by the Park Board on June 5, and accompanied by a letter of support from Fremont Area Medical Center, Three Rivers District Health Department, Fremont Family YMCA and the Fremont Well City Committee, sets a policy that the city “wishes to provide recreational facilities free of the influence and harmful effects of any tobacco product.”

Smoking and smokeless tobacco would be banned in any park or city recreational facility, including the city’s trail system and any future trails, except in areas specifically designated and posted.

The multi-agency support letter says the policy will promote community wellness and health as well as environmental health.

“Tobacco-free policies establish the community norm that tobacco use is not an acceptable behavior for young people or adults within the entire community,” the letter says.

The council will also consider:

* An inter-local agreement with the Region 5/6 Emergency Management Agency and appointing Region 5/6 Director Bill Pook as emergency manager for Fremont. The police chief has been serving as emergency manager, but a staff report by City Attorney Paul Payne said the inter-local agreement could save the city approximately $5,700.

* Changing the composition of the Airport Advisory Committee to nine members instead of five members and three alternates. The resolution includes term limit provisions.

* Second reading of an ordinance creating an alley paving district from Fifth Street to Sixth Street between Platte Avenue and Logan Street, and first reading of an ordinance creating a paving district on Johnson Road from Peterson Avenue to 16th Street, adding one lane on the west side.

Public hearings will be held for:

* Budget amendments related to Community Development Block Grants.

* Changes to the Fremont Transit Bus route.

Consent agenda items include:

* Advertising for bids for sidewalk replacement, modification to the intersection sidewalk curbs and storm sewer on Main Street from First Street to Third Street as part of the downtown improvement project.

* A hangar lease agreement with Ed Robinson at Fremont Municipal Airport. The Airport Advisory Board already approved the request to construct a hangar on the south side of the airport parking apron.

The hangar will require extension of an existing east-west taxiway, according to a report by City Engineer Clark Boschult.

In a separate consent agenda item, the council will consider using $207,000 of LB840 funds for the taxiway work and to extend and relocate utilities.

* A MainStreet of Fremont request to close Main Street from Fourth Street to Sixth Street, and Sixth Street from Park Avenue to Main, for the annual Crazy Days Sidewalk Sale on July 28.

* Awarding bids for manhole repair, sewer line rehabilitation and water main replacement projects.

* Advertising for bids to repair the roof on the solids processing building at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The estimated cost is $47,000.

* Authorizing a fireworks display at Christensen Field on July 21.

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