Clallam: Commissioners likely to delay proposed no-smoking ordinance today

There’s no smokin’ in the boys’ room, the girls’ room or the hearing room — but you might light up in the gazebo.

Gazebos — small roofed structures to shelter smokers from the rain — could sprout around Clallam County government buildings under the county’s proposed no-smoking ordinance.

The issue isn’t where people cannot smoke. That’s easy: not within 50 feet of an entrance to a county building.

The question is where people may indulge their nicotine habit.

The questions came up during the Clallam County commissioners’ work session Monday:

Where, the commissioners wondered, would smoking be permitted around the courthouse?

What about the Clallam County Fairgrounds?

And how about county road maintenance buildings in isolated locations?

Recommendations sought

Commissioners agreed to ask county department heads to recommend places where people could smoke, be they county employees or citizens.

The smoking gazebos, similar to ones on the Peninsula College campus, were suggested by the Health and Human Services and Public Works departments.

The proposed ordinance probably will be tabled at today’s formal commission meeting, at least until county departments make their suggestions.

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