Council moves to ban smoking in parks, build tiny homes for homeless

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) You may soon add city parks to the list of places where smoking is banned.

The Reno City Council gave a green light Wednesday to the Parks Department to write a proposed ordinance banning smoking in the city's parks. The draft language will go to the Parks Commission, and if approved there, will be brought back to the city council for final action.

The proposed ban is driven by more than health concerns about second-hand smoke. Parks personnel say cigarette butts pose a significant and difficult cleanup challenge.

In other action, the city is looking for a partner to build, maintain and operate a "shelter village," a compound of as many as 40 so-called "tiny homes" with central laundry, kitchen and showers to serve as transitional housing for the homeless.

The city has been exploring the idea for a year, but now needs a partner organization to step forward.

The "shelter village" would likely be built on city-owned property at 250 Sage Street.