City of McCall officials have dumped a proposed no-smoking ordinance in the trash.
Two years ago, the Valley County resort community debated banning smoking in the workplace: bars, small businesses, hotels, motels, bus stops and some outdoor areas. Smokefree Idaho pushed the effort, modeling after similar no-smoking ordinances in Boise and Ketchum. According to Smokefree Idaho, smoke-free policies "increase productivity and decrease absenteeism among non-smoking employees," but an editorial in an October 2013 McCall Star-News suggested the proposed ordinance was "a solution looking for a problem."
This week's edition of the Star-News reports members of the McCall City Council have snuffed out the proposal, telling McCall City Manager Nate Coyle "to take the proposed smoking ban off the list of future meeting topics."
McCall Mayor Jackie Aymon is quoted as saying the proposed ordinance is a "big battle over a small piece of territory," adding the city might re-address the issue "once more of the groundwork is laid for such an ordinance."