Smoking in parks to be discouraged

The board enacted a change to the village property maintenance law, boosting fines from $100 to $200 flat fee to $250 for each day the violation exists.

The village leaders also approved a No-Smoking mission statement and erection of "Smoke-Free Environment" signs to be placed in the village recreation center and Shepard Park to discourage smoking. Blais said a No Smoking policy was unenforceable under the law, but a mission statement for the village would be appropriate legally to back up the signage.

"We need to alert the pubic that we support good health, and the use of tobacco products is a detriment to the health of our citizens," he said.

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