Rome City Commission meets tonight at 6:30 at City Hall; click here to watch it online. On the Agenda will be a second reading of the new proposed smoking ordinance for the downtown district. There are 13 guests on the agenda assumed to be speaking on the ordinance including representatives from Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center and Harbin Clinic, including five physicians, plus two downtown business owners. The new smoking ordinance would prohibit smoking in the Broad Street District, the Town Green park, all downtown paring decks managed by the Downtown Development Authority of Rome within the Broad Street District, the public area of Bridgepoint Plaza, and in all enclosed areas within places of employment. It shall also be prohibited within 25 feet from a public entrance to a public place or place of employment. The exceptions to this ordinance include private residences, hotel/motel rooms, retail tobacco stores, outdoor areas of places of employment, bowling alleys, pool halls and bars/restaurants that deny access to any person under the age of 18 and do not employ any individual under the age of 18.
What’s new in the ordinance since the first reading on Dec. 10: The ordinance now gives options for “public places and place of employment declared to be smoking environments by
displaying appropriate signage as outlined in section 14-66.”
This version also states how the ordinance would be enforced.
Sec. 14-67. – Enforcement.
(a) The chief building official or his designated representative, the fire marshal or his designated representative, City Manager or his designated representative, City Clerk or his
designated representative and any police officer of the city may take appropriate action to enforce this article.
(b) Any owner, operator or manager of any establishment, regulated by this article shall inform persons violating this article of the applicable provisions of this article. In the event
persons violating this article refuse to cease smoking after being informed by such owner, operator or manager, the person smoking, not the owner, operator or manager, shall be subject to an action for violation of the article.
(c) For violations specified in section 14-69, any police officer of the city shall be the designated enforcement agency.
Click here to read the entire ordinance. If approved, it would go into effect April 1.