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August 3, 2021

Council to consider banning smoking in parks

During Monday night’s regular meeting at 6 p.m. City Council plans to vote on a proposed ordinance that will prohibit smoking in public parks except for in designated smoking areas.

The ordinance would follow suit with Santa Clara County’s current law, which already prohibits smoking in county parks, except in marked areas.

The initial cost for signs indicating legal smoking areas is covered by a grant from the county. Costs for replacement signs over time would come from “various operations budgets,” according to a staff report.

The ordinance would exclude Gilroy Gardens, Gilroy Golf Course and Christmas Hill Park during the Garlic Festival.

Also on the June 4 agenda:

• City Council will discuss extending Gilroy Garden Theme Park’s lease to 2015.

• Council is slated to vote on the new two-year police contract agreed on by the city and the Police Officers Association, which gives a 2 percent raise to all police force within the union. The total fiscal impact to the city would be $353,400.

• As deferred from their May 21 meeting, council again plans to discuss and vote to approve 60 residential units on the corner of Monterey and Eleventh streets.

• The Gilroy Unified School District plans to present a proposed 0.25 percent to 1 percent sales tax initiative to council, which could yield up to $11.5 million annually for GUSD.

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