Heritage Park

Heritage Park and other parks in Pima are now smoke-free areas, after the Town Council approved an ordinance to prohibit smoking in town parks.

PIMA — In a unanimous vote at its June 4 meeting, the Pima Town Council made town parks smoke-free zones. With that vote, Pima joined Safford and Thatcher, who have done the same for their parks over the last two years.

The vote to prohibit smoking in Pima town parks came after a second reading of an ordinance to that effect. The first reading of Ordinance 10-1-35 was made at the council’s May meeting, with the Graham County STARS (Students Taking a Road to Success) there to support the measure.

During the May meeting, Town Manager Sean Lewis said Ordinance 10-1-35 would cover any exhaled product, vaping included. Vice Mayor Dale Rogers asked whether the town’s annual Trunk or Treat event would be affected, since the ordinance allowed smoking in parking lots 25 feet from a park. Lewis replied that smoking in a parking lot would be allowed only if the lot was expressly used for parking, not for events and activities.

In the June 4 meeting, the council also approved the town’s 2019-2020 budget after a second reading and tabled a proposed “safe exchange” program for online buyers and sellers.

The program would designate a safe place in town for buyers and sellers to exchange items. Marisela Pennington, who presented the idea to the council, said it would require one or two well-lit parking spaces where a “Safe Exchange” sign could be placed. Pennington said she had secured financing for the signs, so there would be no cost to the town. The program would not be sponsored by the town, and exchanges would not have to be witnessed.

Expressing concerns over liability if the town parking lot was used, the council voted to table discussion in order to seek legal advice. The program will be reconsidered at its July meeting.

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