Butler County Times Gazette
  • City approves ban on smoking at city youth events

  • Smoking will no longer be allowed at city-sponsored youth sporting events, except in the parking lots, after the El Dorado City Commission passed an ordinance banning smoking Monday.
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  • Smoking will no longer be allowed at city-sponsored youth sporting events, except in the parking lots, after the El Dorado City Commission passed an ordinance banning smoking Monday.
    Kevin Wishart, parks and recreation director, reviewed the issue, saying the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board had recommended banning smoking at these events.
    "Since that meeting, I have only had a few comments regarding the subject, and they have all been in favor of this new ordinance coming to you," Wishart said.
    The commissioners also heard similar comments.
    "I've heard pretty good feedback," said Commissioner Chase Locke. "The few that weren't crazy about it, weren't necessarily against it. I think it will be a positive thing since we are dealing with youth in the community."
    Commissioner Bill Young agreed.
    "I think, having spoken to a lot of the parents and a lot of the players and a lot of the fans, like Chase said, some are not crazy about it but they understand it," he said.
    Mayor Mike Fagg asked if someone was smoking in the stands what they would do.
    Wishart said they will have site supervisors.
    "If we don't notice and it is brought to our attention, we will go over and politely ask them to refrain or to step back," he said. "Right now we are just doing it as a request. If we have the ordinance we have something to stand behind."
    He said recreation staff will be handling the issue.
    It was approved 5-0.
    In other business, the commission:
    • approved the South-Central Kansas (Region G) Multi-Hazard, Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. This allows the city to be eligible for FEMA relief in the event of a disaster.
    • approved a sanitary sewer extension to 605 and 705 S. Haverhill Rd.
    • approved the low bid of APAC-Kansas for $280,013.85 for the sales tax resurfacing project of Broadway from Rado to Sixth; State from Rado to Sixth; Rado from Broadview to State; Hillcrest from Second to Third; Third from Broadview to Oil Hill; State from Central to Rado; and Broadview Court.
    • approved changing the city ordinance to allow for liquor licenses for events to be held outside.
     
    Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.

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