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Proposed smoke ban to get closer look in Naperville
City seeks more comments on idea
By Jennifer Taylor
Special to the Tribune
Published August 17, 2006
Naperville city officials said Tuesday they want more comments from residents and business owners before further considering a proposed smoking ban in the city.
The proposal would ban smoking in all enclosed public places and places of employment. The most heated debate is centered on restaurants and bars, whose owners believe a ban in Naperville, without support from the rest of the region, would hurt their businesses.
”Our position has been we do not oppose a smoking ban. We oppose a smoking ban that creates an economic hardship to Naperville,” said Jim Bergeron, owner of Jimmy’s Grill and Brickhouse Pizzeria in the downtown.
”If we can make [a law] work that has with it the ability to make a level playing field, we are all for it.”
Riff Menza, owner of Frankie’s Blue Room and Features in the downtown, agreed. He submitted a petition with about 2,000 signatures opposing Naperville-only smoking ban. The restaurant owners want to see surrounding municipalities such as Aurora and Bolingbrook also adopt smoke-free ordinances.
The citizen group Smoke-Free Naperville brought the issue to the council last month along with a petition with 2,750 signatures supporting the smoking ban.
Most City Council members requested more information on potential exemptions from the ordinance.
Exemptions may include restaurants or taverns that demonstrate an economic hardship under the proposed ordinance, hotels with smoking-only rooms, private nursing care facilities, private clubs or lodges, home businesses, and retail tobacco stores.
The draft ordinance also includes a provision requiring smoke-free perimeters around the entrances of establishments. City staff suggested in their report a 20-foot perimeter.
The city also is considering restricting smoking at outdoor events such as Ribfest and the Last Fling city festivals.
Last month the city announced its intention to consider a smoke-free ordinance and took a preliminary look Tuesday at a proposed draft. The council agreed it would continue a public process by holding a town hall meeting in September, post information about the ordinance on its Web site, and send letters to businesses in town.
According to a staff report, 44 percent of Illinois’ population is covered by smoke-free ordinances.
Municipalities that have adopted smoke-free ordinances include Burr Ridge, Chicago, Hinsdale, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Highland Park, and Evanston. The municipalities of Bloomington, Normal, Champaign and Elk Grove Village have smoke-free ordinances slated to take effect early next year.
Many eateries in town have acted on their own. More than 80 restaurants, including Front Street Cantina, Red Door Tavern and Old Country Buffet, already have chosen not to allow smoking in their establishments, according to the report.
City staff recommended the ordinance, if adopted, go into effect 90 days after passage. The staff report also suggested that violation of the ordinance carry a $50 fine for the first offense and progressively increase thereafter. The ordinance also would require businesses to post “No Smoking” signs.