The City of Langdon took a big step last Monday night to help ensure public health when the city commission approved a no smoking ordinance for Boyd Block and the city pond.
Posted Jan. 18, 2013
According to Steph Welsh of the Cavalier County Health District, there are three main benefits to creating tobacco free parks and outdoor recreational areas.
First, it helps decrease secondhand smoke exposure, citing studies of outdoor secondhand smoke have shown detectable levels up to 27 feet away.
Secondly, it will reduce tobacco litter. Cigarettes, cigarette butts and chew tobacco are toxic to the environment, Welsh wrote.
Lastly, it will help decrease the use of tobacco by youths by changing the social norm of tobacco use, making youth less likely to ever start using tobacco.
The commission heard the proposal on Dec. 23 but held off until Monday before approving the measure unanimously without any debate.
“I feel really good about it,” Welsh said after the vote. “I think it is a fantastic thing for the people of Langdon and especially the kids.
“Smoke free policy has been shown to be really effective for choosing to not use tobacco.
“I want to congratulate our commission for being proactive for the health of the community.”
According to city auditor Connie Schrader, there aren’t any local fines associated with the smoking bans, saying individuals breaking the ordinances will be subject to ejection from the area.
With a relatively light agenda, Brian Kakela was awarded 21.86 acres of farmland rental from the city after winning the open bidding process for the land with a bid of $2,000.
In other issues before the commission, a request by the Cavalier County Job Development Authority for payment of real estate tax for Industrial Park Specials and a discussion on property taxes for the fire hall addition were tabled until a later time for additional study of the issues.
Von and Vernetta Christianson came before the commission seeking an amendment to the city ordinance governing tasting and sampling of beer in on-sale locations.
Under state statues, beer can be tasted in retail package stores but not in Langdon where local ordinances are the governing force.
After some discussion, a motion was made to change the verbiage in the ordinance to allow all alcoholic beverages in tastings, which would include beer, along with wine, liquor and cordials.
The motion passed unanimously.