Only this time, smokers against the ordinance presented their side.
During the audience comments portion Wednesday's meeting, a few individuals opposed to even putting the proposed ordinance up for a vote, let their opinions known.
Jason Rushleau said the entire situation is a matter of choice.
"Employment does come with its risks, whether it be law enforcement or serving food in a restaurant," he said. "Some people, like myself, enjoy the privilege of smoking at work, and I have a problem with trying to take away certain risks. Children take risks all the time, one of which is riding a bike."
Walter Young, who has been at recent meetings to speak out against a smoking ban, added, "There are a lot of smokers who put money into the city. Do we really want to bite the hand that feeds us?"
Brazil Times' General Manager Lynne Llewellyn, who said she was at the meeting as a resident and representing some local business and private club owners, told the council the decision to be smoke-free or not should be left to the owners of the establishments themselves.
"We are here tonight asking that the council does not put this ordinance up for a vote," she said. "Some businesses have already decided to be smoke-free, and that is their prerogative, but there are only a few places left in town where you can smoke and we all feel it should be up to the businesses to make that determination."
Jack's Fine Foods Owner Chris Styleburg agreed with Llewellyn's thoughts.
"No one else is paying my mortgage, so no one else should tell me how to handle my business," he said.
Llewellyn added private clubs, like the Eagles and Elks Lodge, should have the right to use their own judgment.
"Private clubs are private, and they should be able to make their own set of rules for their members," she said. "As far as employees go, most of them know beforehand that the establishments allow smoking."
She also alluded to the idea that locally owned businesses would be the most affected by a ban.
"Places like Sunrise (Family Restaurant) have a lot of their business coming from smokers, and I think that is the best example of a business which would lose if a ban were enacted," Llewellyn told the council.
Upon being asked about the timetable in which the council could take action on this matter, Glover responded, "With this being an ordinance, it is a long process which requires a public hearing and possibly a couple of readings before it could be passed."
Other council members added that an official ordinance has not yet been drawn up, and they are in the process of contacting their constituents about their opinions on the matter.
The next meeting of the Common Council of the City of Brazil will be 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 9, in the Council Chambers at City Hall.