Isanti adopts tobacco-free park policy

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (second from left) presented the Mayor’s June Great Yard Awards during the July 2 council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Andrews from My Geeky Guy Inc., who sponsored the $25 third-place award; Mayor Wimmer; Aaron Zdon from Startac Construction Inc., who sponsored the $50 second-place award; third-place award recipients Kevin and Marsha Murray; and Louise Duff from Duff Consulting LLC, who sponsored the $100 first-place award. Not pictured is first-place winner Shannon Krizan and second-place winners Thomas and Miranda Carnahan. Photos by Rachel Kytonen

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (second from left) presented the Mayor’s June Great Yard Awards during the July 2 council meeting. Pictured, from left, are Aaron Andrews from My Geeky Guy Inc., who sponsored the $25 third-place award; Mayor Wimmer; Aaron Zdon from Startac Construction Inc., who sponsored the $50 second-place award; third-place award recipients Kevin and Marsha Murray; and Louise Duff from Duff Consulting LLC, who sponsored the $100 first-place award. Not pictured is first-place winner Shannon Krizan and second-place winners Thomas and Miranda Carnahan. Photos by Rachel Kytonen

The use of tobacco products in Isanti city parks is prohibited.

During the Isanti City Council meeting July 2, the council adopted a resolution establishing a tobacco-free park policy.

The resolution prohibits the use of tobacco products in all city parks, park facilities, open spaces, youth playground areas, picnic shelters or park buildings, ball fields, tennis courts and other similar types of facilities.

The policy states the city of Isanti is committed to establishing a quality of life for residents and believes that:

• Tobacco product use in the proximity of children, youth and adults engaging in or watching recreational activities is unhealthy and detrimental to the health of others.

• Tobacco products consumed in public places are often discarded on the ground, thus posting a risk of ingestion to toddlers and causing a litter issue within park areas.

•  As parents, leaders, coaches and officials, we are thought of as role models and the use of tobacco products around youth has a negative effect on their lifestyle choices.

Jake LaFerriere and Kris Jedda from Vision Wake Park present Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (center) with a $1,400 revenue check. Wimmer explained per the city’s agreement with Vision Wake Park, the city receives 5 percent of gross revenues each year.

Jake LaFerriere and Kris Jedda from Vision Wake Park present Isanti Mayor George Wimmer (center) with a $1,400 revenue check. Wimmer explained per the city’s agreement with Vision Wake Park, the city receives 5 percent of gross revenues each year.

Planning and Parks Director Lisa Wilson explained the emphasis on enforcing the policy will be through voluntary compliance.

City staff will meet with and provide information to organizations, leaders and coaches to discuss the policy and distribute flyers with the “tobacco free” regulations. City staff will also make periodic observations of park land areas and recreational facilities to monitor for compliance.

In other action, the council:

• Approved a resolution on behalf of the Isanti Redbirds to allow for the placement of a retractable net batting cage at Sportsman Field, 620 Third Ave. NW.

• Approved a resolution on behalf of the Rum River BMX Association to allow for an accessory structure to be placed at the track at 101 Isanti Parkway NW. The structure will be a small shed that will be used to store maintenance equipment for the facility, as well as “loaner” bikes that are offered by the group to people that use the facility.

• Approved several resolutions relating to bringing utility billing in-house and to allow staff to advertise to fill the position of utility billing clerk.

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