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Shoreline Council Votes to Ban Tobacco in City Parks

Council also proclaims March 31 Cesar Chavez Day

The Shoreline City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night declaring the city’s parks tobacco-free.

Ordinance No. 630, the ban on smoking of cigarettes, cigars, pipes and use of smokeless tobacco, will largely be policed by peers, meaning other park users, said Parks Director Dick Deal last week.

Councilmembers Doris McConnell and Chris Eggen said the civil liberties of tobacco users should be considered but still voted for the ban based on health concerns.

•The Council also adopted Ordinance No. 631 by a 6-1 vote to amend the development code to allow split-level homes to add an accessory dwelling unit that is interior to a residence that may be larger than 50 percent of the primary residence.

Councilmember Will Hall dissented saying that even a minor change of allowing splitting of a home for an ADU was a step down the path of changing the character of Shoreline’s family friendly neighborhoods.

•The Council also unanimously approved the re-appointment of Sara Lorimer to the Library Board for a four-year term, and appointment of Mark Hulak, Lisa Oberg and Karen Thielke to four-year terms on the Board. Eileen Wood-Lim was appointed to fulfill the final two years of Jenny Hannibal’s unexpired term.

•The Council also authorized City Manager Julie Underwood to execute a purchase/sale agreement for acquisition of the right-of-way at 19804 and 19806 Aurora Ave. N. for the Aurora Corridor Improvement Project’s final stretch.

•City Councilmember Chris Roberts read a proclamation declaring March 31, Cesar Chavez Day and presented it to Orlando Ceno, a Shoreline resident, who is a democratic legislative policy analyst. 

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