Some council members say they need more time to have their concerns addressed and questions answered before voting to pass the smoking ban.
Councilman Wade Lnenicka said he was concerned about how the ordinance would impact the city-owned Fox Creek Golf Course, which is operated through a concessions vendor that has a contract with the city.
He is generally supportive of the idea, but said he was unsure if the ordinance would put the city in violation of its contract.
“There needed to be more discussion on those issues,” Lnenicka said.
But council members had plenty of time to get their questions answered, said Mayor Max Bacon. The ordinance was first heard during a non-voting work session March 3.
“I was surprised because we had been discussing this issue for a while, and I thought we had taken care of everyone’s issues and concerns,” Bacon said.
Councilwoman Teri Anulewicz echoed the mayor.
“I am really dismayed,” she said. “This is something we’ve been talking about informally for several months, and it’s something that we have been talking about as a council since late January and early February.”
Anulewicz said Smyrna is one of the last cities in the county to adopt this type of smoking prohibition.
“It is ridiculous that we are one of the last ones in Cobb,” she said.
The proposal Smyrna is considering doesn’t reach as far as an ordinance that was brought up in Kennesaw last fall banning smoking in all forms — cigars, cigarettes, pipes and even e-cigarettes — across the city, including in parks, street corners, bars, playgrounds and inside private businesses.
Kennesaw saw backlash from some residents who thought that ban amounted to government overreach, and the proposed ordinance was never passed.
Smyrna council members also unanimously approved an ordinance banning consumption of alcohol in city-owned parks, with the exception of parks playing host to city-sponsored events.