BY MELANIE BUCK –
A ban on smoking in city parks was discussed as The City of Mena’s Parks Committee held a meeting on Wednesday, December 3. Cited by a city councilman that smoking is ‘offensive’ to park-goers and also a cause of litter, it was brought to the committee to consider the ban.
After some discussion, the matter was brought before the committee for a vote on whether to take the issue to the full City Council, or not. With a 4-2 vote, the motion didn’t make it out of committee to go before the full City Council.
Mena Mayor George McKee said that each of Mena’s parks, Janssen, Aubrey Tapley, and McMellon Park, already have designated smoking areas which will remain in place.