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Zionsville tightens smoking ordinance

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The Zionsville Town Council met April 9 to discuss amendments to its smoking ordinance and a proposed change in processing certain claims.

What happened: The council approved an amendment to tighten its smoking ordinance.

What it means: The amendment prohibits tobacco products, e-cigarettes and vaping from being used in parks, public places and places of employment. Previously, the ordinance only banned cigarettes, pipes and cigars. The ban includes all municipal property owned or leased by the town or the Zionsville Board of Parks and Recreation. Department heads may designate a limited outdoor area within municipal property for employees to smoke or use tobacco.

What’s next: The ordinance is in effect. Violators may be fined up to $250.

 

What happened: The council introduced a claims processing ordinance amendment.

What it means: The amendments would allow for certain claims – such as credit card bills, vehicle maintenance and gasoline – to be paid before receiving approval from the council. It will allow the town to take advantage of discounts offered for timely payments and reduce the possibility of a claim not being paid on time (and associated late fees) because it is due before a council meeting.

What’s next: The council will likely vote on the amendment at its next meeting, set for 7:30 a.m. April 16.


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