It's good, but I'm not bothered by smoking in parks
It shouldn't be government's decision
146 total votes.
NORCROSS -- By a vote of 3-1 on Monday, Norcross council members voted to ban the use of all tobacco products on city property, including city parks and park sidewalks.
Councilman Ross Kaul sponsored the move, citing the dangers of second-hand smoke and the city's responsibility to its residents to provide a safe and healthy environment.
Councilman David McLeroy did not support the Tobacco Free Facilities ordinance, stating that he does not have a problem with people smoking in city parks and that he does not like to see city money spent on attorney fees for such actions.
Enforcement procedures and fines have not yet been established for those cited for smoking in prohibited areas, according to City Manager Rudolph Smith.
Parking study, decisions postponed until August
Kaul also moved Monday to vote to support measures that would add much-needed parking spaces to the city's downtown area, specifically at city hall and Wingo Street.
"If people come here for lunch or dinner and can't find a parking space, they're going to leave," said Kaul. "They'll remember that."
According to Kaul, a 2010 proposal could add 22 spaces to the area for less than $50,000, or about $1,500 per space.
Councilman Charlie Riehm asked that action be tabled until August, following a planned LCI Study. Riehm said Monday that the plan Kaul presented would require the removal of nine old magnolia trees to accommodate the additional parking spaces.
Council members voted 3-1 to table the issue.
City resident's 95th birthday marked
Edwin Moulder, a lifelong resident of Norcross, was honored Monday night for celebrating his 95th birthday. Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson presented Moulder with a proclamation marking the important milestone. A World War II veteran and former owner of a business in Norcross, Moulder was born and raised in the city, moving to his current residence in 1945.