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Published August 10, 2010, 08:38 PM

Grand Forks City Council Discusses Smoking Ban Issues

The meeting tonight brought up a lot of questions about maintaining businesses downtown and concerns about noise ordinances because of the ban

The smoking ban goes into effect in Grand Forks as of 12:01 a.m. On August 15th, and Grand Forks City Council members are still discussing enforcement and what problems may arise.

The meeting tonight brought up a lot of questions about maintaining businesses downtown and concerns about noise ordinances because of the ban.

Council members discussed more people having to be outside because of the smoking ban causing more noise and other issues.

Concerned people also voiced their opinions about more litter on the streets from smokers and where they will throw garbage.

Council members say they are still looking into how to enforce the ban and waiting to see if any changes will happen after it goes into effect.

"I'm real concerned that we're going to have a rather large amount of cigarette butts starting Monday morning downtown and I don't know what the solution is." Grand Forks City Council Member Terry Bjerke said.

"I think I agree with Mr. Swanson you just kind of sit back and if we see there are issues with cleanliness and things, we address them that way. Do whatever, if you don't hear anything then it's o.k." City Council President Hal Gershman said.

People from Public Works are working with the Council about options for cleanup downtown and the city possibly working together with businesses to come up with a solution.

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