|Churchwell sworn in; City Council to address medical marijuana|
|Written by Chris Lee|
David Churchwell was sworn in as the newest City Council member at the Tuesday, Oct. 5 regular meeting.
Churchwell was appointed to fill the seat left vacant after Mayor Pro Tem Orville Tonsing assumed the role as mayor. David Nygaard resigned the mayor’s seat in August.
City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Olofson administers the oath of office
Council to address medical marijuana at Oct. 19 meeting
City Attorney Al Wall met with members of the medical marijuana committee after the council’s Sept. 21 meeting to discuss the issue of dispensaries and grow stations. Members include Police Chief Phil Biersdorfer and council members Kevin Scott and J.C. Peckham.
One of the issues discussed was whether to come up with an ordinance where an outright prohibition would be adopted. Wall drafted an ordinance and the council will vote on it at the Oct. 19 meeting.
Wall said a July 2011 timeline has been put in place that gives communities the decision to have an outright prohibition. When the state comes back with regulations, Holyoke will be subject to them unless an ordinance, such as the one proposed, is in place. The ordinance would put a prohibition on medical marijuana grow stations and dispensaries within city limits.
“If we don’t act, then we will be subject to state law,” Wall said.
Holyoke adopted a moratorium in 2009 banning dispensaries or grow stations within city limits until a permanent measure could be acted upon.
First draft of 2011 budget presented
City Clerk Treasurer Kathy Olofson presented council members with a rough draft of the 2011 budget. She said September numbers haven’t been entered and explained things will change a little after they are entered.
A budget work session will be held after the Oct. 19 council meeting.
Reports of city officials
Council members heard reports from City Supt. Mark Brown and Olofson.
Brown said the Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) at the airport has been connected to the internet, allowing it to be connected with other federally funded AWOS systems through the FAA.
However, the main computer server for the AWOS went down following Brown’s report at the last council meeting and needs to be replaced.
Police Chief Biersdorfer reported Colorado Liquor and Tobacco Enforcement was recently in Holyoke conducting a compliance inspection in which no tickets were issued.
Biersdorfer said the group also contacted him to see if all liquor outlets in the area would be interested in participating in a liquor law refresher course. The chief said he is currently working to put that together.
Olofson said she was asked to volunteer as an election judge for the Nov. 2 election. Council members agreed to allow her to participate and voted to move the council meeting planned for election night to the following night Wednesday, Nov. 3.
In other business Oct. 5, council members:
—accepted the airport liability renewal quote from CIRSA for 2010-11 at $6,930.
—approved travel request for Olofson to attend the 2010 NMPP computer refresher course Oct. 18-19.
—approved special events permit for Pheasants Forever on Nov. 13.
—approved liquor license renewal for Hometown Liquor.
—listened to a presentation from PASS (People Advocating for Successful Schools) about mill levy question 3B.
—accepted landlord’s waiver and agreement for Aurora Cooperative (Cornhusker Ag Aviation).