Cottonwood restricts smoking in parks and eases permitting for food trucks

COTTONWOOD -- The Cottonwood City Council heard the second and final reading of three ordinances Tuesday. One, promoted by a youth anti-smoking organization, would restrict where smoking could occur in public parks. It would provide for smoking receptacles, signs and levy fines for violations. Students from Cottonwood Elementary and Mingus Union High School brought the proposal to the city council first during a December 2014 meeting.

The second ordinance approved by the council would provide for permitting of mobile food vendors, whether by cart or food truck. The council worked through the ordinance over several meetings to make sure permitting was understandable and streamlined. They thought that an early attempt at the ordinance would discourage rather than encourage vendors, which the city wants to attract. At the same time, the new code also protects brick-and-mortar restaurants.

The final ordinance called "General Provisions" establishes baseline standards for other ordinances. City Attorney Steve Horton says that will allow other future ordinances a reference in a wholesale re-work of the city codes.

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