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Monday, August 28, 2006

smoke 'em while you got 'em

Apparently the city is cracking down its anti-smoking enforcement. Here's the press release that just came through:

City Steps Up Smoke Free Law Enforcement and Education Efforts

The City Manager’s Office announced today that it has hired two temporary, full-time Code Enforcement Officers to help increase awareness and enforcement of the City’s Smoke Free Ordinance.

It’s been brought to the City’s attention that some businesses are allowing smoking after regular business hours. This is not acceptable under the Smoke Free law.

These additional Code Enforcement Officers will be working schedules that include weekdays, weekends, days and nights.

A citation program is also in progress that will help expedite compliance by repeat violators by requiring an appearance in Municipal Court.

The city’s comprehensive Smoke Free law, which went into effect on June 30, 2006, prohibits smoking in places of employment, including restaurants, bars and outdoor patios. The law was introduced by Councilor Patti Bushee, and supported by the entire Governing Body.

The City is also pleased to announce that information packets containing a copy of the ordinance and Smoke Free display materials are now available. The packets can be picked up at the City Clerk’s Office, the Office of Constituent Services and Accounts Receivable. They have also been distributed to City Code Enforcement Officers.

Packets will SOON be available at the state Environmental Health Division, located at 4 Calle Medico, and at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Office, which has been gracious to provide the city with a convenient location for businesses on the Southside.