Tobacco users who light up, dip, or chew at any city park in Monticello will face a $25 fine, according to a resolution unanimously adopted Thursday night by the Monticello City Council.
The resolution bans the use of tobacco products at Monticello’s three city parks — McCloy Park, Jordan Park, and Western Pines Park — and the Monticello Sports Complex.
The council discussed several possible fines before accepting Alderwoman Sherrie Gillespie’s recommendation of the relatively low fine of $25.
“I just think it ought to be $25 and if it looks like it becomes a problem, raise it,” Gillespie said.
The new resolution will be enforced in the city parks by the Monticello Police Department, however, the city cannot issue tickets at the Monticello Sports Complex, which is located outside the city limits. Enforcement at the sports complex would fall on the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, according to Monticello Mayor Allen Maxwell.