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No-smoking ordinance enforcement on NCC agenda

Dave Brooksher
Staff Writer

Nevada City staff members say that enforcement of the no-smoking ordinance is ongoing, and that police officers regularly cite or advise people that they cannot smoke in the downtown historic district. But they also say that concerns have been raised about the signage.

This week, the Nevada City Council will give a staff report and update on enforcement of the no-smoking ordinance in the downtown historic ordinance from city manager Mark Prestwich and police officer Shane Franssen.

“Most people, when advised of the no-smoking ordinance, readily comply, but state that they did not see a sign,” the report reads. “Currently, signs are posted high and are not easily noticeable.”

There are questions about where smokers can be allowed to smoke, and officers are suggesting that it may be beneficial to designate smoking areas downtown.

There are also limited options for disposing of a lit cigarette after putting it out. Commercial Street and Calanan Park are said to be “frequently littered with cigarette butts.”

Nevada City has had a no-smoking ordinance on the books since 1993, but it was amended to extend the no smoking policy to unenclosed areas within the historic district in 2012.

During Wednesday night’s meeting the council will also appoint its members to a number of boards, committees and commissions for Fiscal Year 2014/15.

The consent calendar includes the first quarter sales tax report, a street closure request on Oct. 10 for Indigenous Peoples Days, and a resolution declaring a 2013 Ford Explorer as surplus — allowing the city to “salvage.”

Closed session agenda items include negotiations with the Nevada City Police Officers’ Association and the related appeal of a grievance, as well as an employee performance evaluation for Prestwich.

This week’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Nevada City Council will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 317 Broad St.

To contact staff writer Dave Brooksher, send emails to dbrooksher@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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