Colusa City Council discusses smoking ban
The issue of enforcement was the only question raised in regards to a ban on smoking in city parks discussed at the Colusa City Council meeting on Sept. 3.
"We're not going to be sending officers out there," Mayor Tom Reische said.
Rebecca Root, project director of Colusa county Tobacco Education for the county Health Department, said signage is the enforcement.
"It's a self-enforcing kind of solution," Root said.
While Health Department would provide the signs, the city would have to pay for posts, hardware, cement and labor time for installation.
Council members expressed unanimous support for the ban.
Councilman Greg Ponciano said he is usually not pro-regulation.
"I'm walking a tight rope here. But, virtually every park has a playground in it and then it becomes a family environment," he said.
"I don't like telling people what to do, but this is worthy," Reische said.
The council will vote on the ordinance at the next meeting.
Council considers hiring PR firm
The Colusa City Council discussed contracting with Kathy Craigo for public relations services for the city for $40 an hour.
"Typically, you fill (positions) as needed based on a deficiency," Councilman Greg Ponciano said.
Interim City Manager Randy Dunn said she approached the city and offered her services and he though it might be something the council was interested in, particularly for the upcoming vote to increase assessments for the Pools, Parks and Trees Fund.
Councilman Kirk Kelleher said he sees the benefit of using public relations services.
"I don't think the city of Colusa takes advantage when we're doing something good. The city and businesses only get told when we're doing something wrong, but now when we're doing something right," Kelleher said.
Councilwoman Marylin Acree said she would like to see more specific goals and a timeframe so that Craigo would know what was expected of her.
"Public relations and marketing is pretty broad," Acree said.
Councilwoman Donna Critchfield agreed that more structure was needed to define terms and expectations of Craigo.
Reische said he liked the idea of hiring Craigo.
"It doesn't hurt to get some good out there and not everybody believes us because we're politicians," Reische said.
Ponciano suggested the staff discuss the proposition in more detail at a future retreat.
Colusa City Council members discussed the value and logistics of having another council retreat, similar to the last retreat on Feb. 26.
During the four-hour workshop, held in Feb. at Rocco's Bar & Grill, council members and staff identified economic development, financial stability and transparency as main goals for the city.
Acree said she would like to hear a report back and update since the retreat, including specific tasks staff said they would accomplish.
"I personally think we need to report out on the objectives and goals," Acree said.
Dunn asked the council if they would like to hold it again out in the community.
Acree said she would prefer to have the retreat in the council chambers, but Ponciano suggested it was beneficial to get out in the public.
Dunn said he will look to schedule another retreat for October.
Council members agreed that they would purchase their own lunches for the retreat if held during lunch time at a restaurant.