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.
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.