The Terrell City Council may revisit the city’s smoking ordinance at its Oct. 16 meeting.
Ordinance No. 1992, passed by the council in 1999, mandated the creation of non-smoking areas in public buildings, retail and restaurant establishments. That may be revamped, according to the city’s assistant counsel, Greg Shumpert.
Shumpert told council members Thursday night that he would be presenting them with a new ordnance addressing smoking.
The city of Forney in 2013 passed its own smoking regulations. The new ordinance, which was to become effective March 1, 2013, bans smoking in public buildings or in food establishments such as restaurants, coffee shops, cafeterias, private clubs, lunch rooms and catering establishments.
Smoking also will not be allowed within 25 feet of public buildings and food establishments. However, it will be allowed in parking lots and on sidewalks as long as the smoker is more than 25 feet from a prohibited location.
In 2013, when Terrell was drawing up plans for a new smoking ordinance — but did not present them to the council — Carmona’s Tex-Mex Cantina on Tanger Drive, was smoke-free except for its Matador room, which is the bar area. Applebee’s also had smoking in its bar area.
“Any restaurant is free to ban smoking anywhere they want to,” Terrell Assistant City Manager Mike Sims said in 2013.
Sims said when new restaurants open, it is fairly common to have non-smoking as a rule.
He said there was an effort during the 2011 state legislative session by the American Heart Association to have a statewide smoking ban in all restaurants and bars, but it was not successful.
“Having a 1999 ordinance means we have a fairly old ordinance on the topic,” Sims said.”
Shumpert said under the new proposed ordinance bars and private clubs would still be able to allow smoking.
At Tuesday’s meeting, the council will discuss having a consultant conduct a six-month project evaluating the city’s employee salaries and benefits as compared to selected similar cities
The council will also discuss an ordinance governing new smoke/vape shops.
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