Journal Online Exclusive – This article is being posted in advance of print and public access on The Journal Online website. If you are reading it, you are a registed member of the site. Thank you for reading The Journal Online!
Williamston Town Council approved first reading on a change in the town’s recently passed smoking ordinance which clarifies smoking in workplaces. The change allows smoking in private offices which are not open to the general public and have a separate HVAC system from the area where employees work.
The ordinance prohibits smoking in all enclosed workplaces within the Town of Williamston including work areas, private offices, employee lounges, restrooms, conference rooms, meeting rooms, classroooms, employee cafeterias, hallways and vehicles.
The ordinance also prohibits smoking in outdoor places including playgrounds, ball fields, parks, outdoor arenas, stadiums and amphitheaters and outdoor playgrounds. Private residences are exempt.
Williamston Mayor Mack Durham said that Smoke-Free window decals have already been been distributed to many businesses and signs have been placed in some areas of the town. He said the ordinance will begin being enforced in public spaces, including parks and recreational areas soon.
The new smoking ordinance will be enforced at the Party in the Park event this Friday, according to the mayor.
The ordinance calls for a $100 fine and if in a workplace could result in the suspension or revocation of any permit or business license issued by the town.