Tipp City officials said last week they would look into a request by the Parks Advisory Board to adopt a non-smoking policy for park grounds.

The board last summer agreed to ask the city to require smokers to be 20 feet from park boundaries for playground facilities, fields/courts, swimming pool, special event venues and concession areas, among others.

The board made the proposal after hearing of similar action taken by another community.

City Manager Tim Eggleston attended the Jan. 9 board meeting, apologizing that the smoke free zones proposal had not been addressed. He said, “the issue got lost in the shuffle somewhere.”

The city already has no smoking in public facilities such as park shelters and the Roundhouse, he said. Although that ban is not posted, signs will be placed at those facilities, he said.

Banning smoking on all park property “may be hard to do,” Eggleston said, noting enforcement usually is handled by the health department.

“We will look at something for the board to review and then send on to council,” he said.

Board member Pat Hodges said the expectation by the board was that other people in an area would enforce a no smoking policy. He said a national trend is for no smoking anywhere in parks for the benefit of children.

In other business, the board received an update on the irrigation project for Kyle Park.

John Donnelly, city service director, said $125,000 is in the city capital improvement plan for drilling two wells along with buying piping, hose fits and three mobile sprinkler systems to irrigate soccer fields. 

Board member Doug Slagle asked if the project also would include baseball fields, adding, “I was under the impression we would do both.”

He cautioned if soccer fields are done and not baseball, “the baseball parents are going to come after us” because “two city council members have kids on soccer.”

Eggleston said a phase in irrigation program is planned beginning with the soccer fields. “We are trying to fit it in our capital plan. We don’t have to spend all the money in one fell swoop,” he said.

The board also heard that a meeting would be scheduled to discuss the update of field use regulations and bylaws. The meeting follows board discussions on possibly charging a deposit for use of city fields. The deposit would be forfeited if the fields were not cleaned after use.

In other business during its first meeting of 2017, the board:

- -       Elected Ben Woodruff as president and Kevin Cox as vice president.

- -       Said good-bye to member Doug Chitwood, who has served on the board since 2012.

- -       Heard comments on a grant received by the city from the Tipp City Area Community Foundations to place wooden doors on the canal lock at Canal Lock Park.