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DeKalb council to vote on smoking ordinance change

Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com
A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in DeKalb.
Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com A sign is photographed on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in DeKalb.

DeKALB – After hearing conflicting recommendations from two city commissions, the DeKalb City Council will take a first-reading vote on whether to modify outdoor smoking regulations during Monday’s meeting.

State law prohibits smoking both inside of and within 15 feet of any entrance, exit, window that can be opened or ventilation intake for a place of employment. However, a 2014 ordinance expanded the rules to disallow smoking on outdoor patios regardless of how close they were to a building.

The Citizen’s Environmental Commission, which helped draft the 2014 ordinance, recommended that the ordinance remain the same while the Economic Development Commission recommended amending the ordinance to remove the outdoor restrictions that aren’t set by the state.

The City Council reviewed these recommendations Jan. 22 and consensus from a majority of the aldermen was reached to prepare an ordinance removing the smoking restrictions on outdoor patios for formal consideration.

Although there was concern that this would affect bar and restaurant revenues negatively, receipts show revenues for locations with patios have been on the rise since the ordinance was passed.

Also on Monday’s agenda is first reading on an ordinance authorizing a special use permit for T-Mobile to upgrade its communication equipment on the roof of the 16-story Taylor Street Plaza at 507 E. Taylor St.

The City Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of the DeKalb Municipal Building, 200 S. Fourth St.

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