Wednesday, June 20, 2012
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Norcross’ City Council is expected to reconsider a ban passed in May on smoking in parks, like Lillian Webb Park, city buildings and sidewalks. The ban would take effect July 1.
NORCROSS -- Smokers could get a reprieve from a ban expected to go into effect in Norcross in less than two weeks.
After a May vote banning smoking in parks, city buildings and even along sidewalks, Norcross's City Council is expected to reconsider the issue the day after the law becomes effective July 1.
Mayor Bucky Johnson said the ban has caused a slew of comments from residents and business owners. Some appreciate the idea for health reasons, while others feel it is a government intrusion, he said. Downtown business owners are especially worried that patrons could leave the city altogether if they can't even go outside to smoke, he added.
"We want to do what's best for the entire community -- citizens, business everyone," he said.
Johnson was not in attendance at the May council session where the ban was imposed, and he said he has not yet made up his mind on the issue, which came up at a council policy session earlier this week.
While leaders have no plans to halt the ban before the effective date, Johnson said the matter will be up to date at the July 2 council meeting. At that time, the board could vote to keep the ban in place, postpone the enforcement, tweak the ban or repeal it.
If the council decides to reconsider, Johnson said, he plans to organize a meeting to allow for community input.