Smoking ban asked for

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes They may have had different motives and rationales, but two citizens speaking to Keizer City Councilors on Monday shared a similar request. Rhonda Rich and Darrell Richardson both spoke during the public comment portion at the start of the meeting, asking for a smoking ban at parks in Keizer. For Rich, the president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association, her concern was due to safety, especially at Keizer Rapids Park in her neighborhood. “I have concerns about tall weeds and limbs around the orchards and cigarettes being discarded into the grass,” Rich said. “There needs to be clearer signs about the dangers and a temporary ban on smoking in the park. We need to protect our neighborhood and city.” Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, agreed extra signage would be a good idea in the midst of such a dry summer. “I have no problem about putting up signs about extreme fire danger and no smoking in the park,” Lawyer said. “I can put signs up tomorrow. We will cover every access point.” Richardson brought up the idea of a smoking ban in Keizer parks back in April. The suggestion was passed on to members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting, who didn’t move forward on such a ban. “I’m excited about you putting up the signs at parks,”...

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