Written by Amanda Casanova
The Irving City Council snuffed out plans for what could have been a highly contentious meeting and agreed to postpone discussing a possible smoking ordinance.
The proposed ordinance, which hasn’t been finalized, would prohibit smoking in certain places.
The Council did spend time during the Sep. 19 meeting listening to public input about the proposal. Although the initial plan coming into the Thursday meeting was to appoint an ad-hoc committee of council members (John Danish, Rose Cannaday, Brad LaMorgese, Gerald Farris) to discuss the issue, Councilman Allan Meagher instead proposed killing the proposal at the Thursday meeting.
In another twist, however, the Council voted to bring the ban back to Council in two months.
After two public meetings this summer, the Health Board had recommended that the City take on the ordinance, but Van Duyne said at the Sep. 19 council meeting that between the two meetings, only about 30 people showed up to discuss the proposal.