Haslet to consider smoking ban in city-owned, operated facilities

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HASLET - The Haslet City Council could soon consider snuffing out smoking in public places.

The council at its Feb. 4 meeting is expected to consider an ordinance intended to prohibit smoking in all city-owned or city-operated facilities and properties. The proposal is also meant to regulate smoking in public places. Those public places would include work places, elevators, retailers and restaurants, city secretary Dianna Buchanan said.

At its Jan. 21 meeting, the council directed city staff to pursue the ordinance, which could include language giving businesses the chance to allow smoking if proper mitigating equipment - such as a separate ventilation system - is put in place. There also might be a clause for grandfathering present businesses, Mayor Bob Golden said.

"Staff will be working this issue and bringing it back to council when complete," Golden said in an email.

Also at the meeting, the council directed City Engineer George Belcheff to develop plans for a divided four-lane concrete, curb and gutter roadway expansion and improvement of Westport Parkway from where the present four-lane surface stops west to Schoolhouse Road.

Golden said the cost of right of way acquisition will be included next fiscal-year budget and actual right-of-way acquisition could begin after Oct. 1, 2013. The city's goal is to have construction underway as soon as possible and completed by the end of the 2014 calendar. Details of actual financing could be finalized in the upcoming months, Golden said.

In other action, the council voted 4-1 not to support a future project called The Reserve at Haslet. The council asked developer Chris Applequist to take the concept to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for its guidance.

The council was not ready to give a thumbs up to the proposed development, Golden said. A number of questions remain about the project, said Golden. For example, Golden said he's uncertain what variances will be requested along with the development.

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