The Newton Park Board will hear a proposal from the American Lung Association when it meets at noon Wednesday at city hall asking that it consider banning the use of tobacco at all city parks and recreational facilities.
The initiative had been set to be heard last month but the Park Board's meeting was cancelled due to a lack of a quorum.
The local chapter of the American Lung Association is making its tobacco-free pitch throughout central Iowa. Last fall, it was successful in persuading the City of Prairie City to implement an ordinance banning tobacco at all the City's parks, trails and recreational facilities. A similar ordinance has passed in Mitchellville.
The American Lung Association assisted Prairie City in implementing the ordinance by providing free tobacco-free signage.
Nathan Unsworth, administrative parks superintendent, previously said the Park Board has several options in regard to the American Lung Association's request.
First, he said, the Park Board could implement a new rule that would disallow smoking in all city parks. The Newton City Council would not be required to approve such a rule, though it could take action should it disagree with its enactment.
Second, the Park Board could back adoption of an ordinance that would ban tobacco at parks, trails and outdoor recreational facilities. Adoption of such an ordinance, however, would need to go through the city council.
Finally, Unsworth said, the Park Board could decide to do nothing pertaining to the issue.