No smoking in Bible Hill parks, trails, playgrounds being reinforced

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BIBLE HILL – Village of Bible Hill officials are reminding the public that there is no smoking in village parks, trails and playgrounds.

No smoking in Bible Hill parks, trails, playgrounds being reinforced

The topic was discussed by the village commission on Tuesday night when commissioner Dale McLeod reported seeing a person smoking in the Bible Hill Recreation Park during the grand re-opening of the park, off of College Road, on Sunday. There is a no-smoking sign posted at the recreation park entrance.

The issue raised a concern for McLeod because of nearby children and it went against a no-smoking policy the village implemented a few years ago.

No-smoking signs were placed in village parks, trails and playgrounds three or four years ago and the initiative is in accordance with provincial legislation under the  Nova Scotia Smoke Free Places Act.

“Use common sense,” said McLeod in a plea to residents.

“It’s about respecting other people,” added commissioner Donna Van Kroonenburg.

Village clerk Bob Christianson said he’d check into the provincial legislation about specific rules and definitions regarding smoking during large-scale events and open areas, such as the grand re-opening event.

Christianson confirmed the community does not have an enforcement officer and it would be difficult to police the policy on a regular basis.

The village is considering ordering 10 more no-smoking signs to place in the area’s various parks, trails and playgrounds.

 

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Twitter: tdnMonique

Geographic location: Bible Hill Recreation Park, Nova Scotia

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