Marion considers smoking restrictions at ball complex

Managing editor

Three members of Marion Baseball/Softball Boosters asked Marion City Council to consider enforcing the city’s ordinance that does not allow alcohol to be consumed on city property.

Also at Monday’s meeting, the group wanted a clarification of the city’s policy regarding tobacco use on public property.

City Administrator David Mayfield said the city’s ordinance deals with smoking indoors, not outdoors.

“Smokers are smoking around spectators,” Cindy Ragland said. “Is there a policy about smoking around children?”

Councilman Bill Holdeman suggested a designated smoking area at the baseball complex.

Councilman Steve Smith said he wanted to review the situation and discuss a policy that would encompass all city property, not just the complex.

Ragland also asked the council why a portable fence was removed from a field. A baseball tournament will be July 22 through 26 and the fence is needed to shorten the field from 296 feet to 200 feet.

“It came down because the rec (recreation) commission had rented B field to a men’s softball league,” Mayfield said.

The tournament is July 17.

Smith said a resolution allows the recreation commission to make decisions regarding the fields.

“We may need to do away with the resolution,” he said, “but that’s for another meeting.”

The council agreed to discuss a tobacco use ordinance with City Attorney Dan Baldwin at the next meeting since he was not in attendance.

It was suggested that the boosters talk with commission director Margo Yates regarding the portable fence.

 

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