The Redwood Falls City Council has approved an updated tobacco-free policy for all parks and recreation facilities.
The new policy pertains to all city park and recreation facilities when children are present (city’s emphasis) except for the Ramsey Park campground.
The new policy prohibits tobacco use in city-owned outdoor recreational facilities designed for and used by children.
No tobacco use is allowed by anyone at such facilities when children are present.
The regulations include the Redwood Area Community Center, Aquatics Center, Ramsey Park, and all other municipal playgrounds and athletic fields during youth events.
In other city news, the council:
• Approved a variance request from Jay and Tammy Baune for the property at 112 W. Wyoming St. (“Hairstyles Unlimited”) to reduce the front yard setback from 25’ to 18.5’ in order to construct a structure to cover the step in front of the business, and to protect the front entry from weather.
The Planning Commission expressed concerns that this request is for a commercial business that is being run out of a rambler-style home structure currently located in a residential zoning area.
However, the commission determined the proposed variation fits within the general character of the neighborhood.
• Approved a $16,032 purchase of new server, switch and related computer and network accessories for the city.
• Approved a public utilities request for the purchase of transformers from the Solomon Corp in the amount of $52,390.
• Approved a temporary street closure request from Cornerstone Christian Church near the courthouse on Sept. 8 as part of a Fall Kick-off Sunday.
• Declared a property at 1212 South Halvorson to be a hazard to public safety.