Council slated to take action on medical marijuana issue

09_7428TOO MUCH WATER  — After the recent rain storm, water had to be pumped away from the American Legion ball fields. Weekend contests with Bozeman and Medicine Hat were canceled still because the field was too wet to play on. The team was back in action on Tuesday, playing in Great Falls against the Stallions and Wednesday with the Sparkies. The Cards are back home on June 30 when the Sparkies come to town for a double header.  I-O Photo by Buck Traxler




By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor

Council members had a limited discussion on the medical marijuana issue at the Monday meeting.

Mayor John Shevlin told council members, “You need to look at your options. It’s your job.” He went on to add, “We need to do something, we’re getting deluged with phone calls.”

Police Chief Gary Dent commented, “People are coming into the state because it’s wide open. State agencies didn’t think they would be deluged like they are.”

There are six known medical marijuana providers doing business within the city limits. None of them have a business license.

Last year the Obama administration announced that it would not prosecute medical marijuana users. When that happened, registration in Montana exploded with the number of pot card holders swelling over the past year from about 3,000 to 15,000.

Action on this issue is expected at the next council meeting on July 6.

In other business, the council passed 10 building permits at 603 Ave. B, 13 N. Idaho, 907 North Ave. SW, two at 609 Sunset Blvd., 6 S. Main St., 312 S. Iowa, 308 S. Iowa 206 S. Delaware and 305 Sunset Blvd. All the projects dealt with sheds, fences and patios.

During the public comment segment, Becky Rammell, pool manager, noted “that everything is up and running at the pool.”

There was a public hearing at 8 p.m. for a conditional use permit so Paula Hudson could put up a nine foot fence at 402 S. Illinois.

There was no public comment. The zoning board recommended a variance passage and the council members agreed to that recommendation with a 4-0 vote.

Not citing any specific reason, attorney Karen Brown submitted a letter of resignation. She was handling criminal prosecution cases for the city. Her resignation was accepted.

The firm of Burke, Lee and Bieler from Choteau was hired to replace Brown at $2,000 per month with a six month probation period, effective July 30.

Council members, on a 4-0 vote, passed R-1022 dealing with loan forgiveness to the Port Authority on a yearly $6,000 loan. The PA has already received this funding.

The full resolution may be read at city hall by interested persons during normal business hours.

R-1023, dealing with growth  policy was also passed by the council.

The council acted on the W.J. Campbell water issue request. It was noted that the water meter at the restaurant, Joe’s Family Steakhouse was working.

Readers will recall he got a bill showing he used 200,000 gallons of water in one month, which he disputed. Council members moved, after averaging his water and sewer bill that the water could be paid in monthly installments of $65 and the sewer bill would be $176.

Now that he is certified, the council moved on Public Works Director Rich Anderson’s request to move Keith Thaut to Water/Wastewater I operator effective July 1.

The mayor will be out of the state for 10 days in the month of July. Council OK’ed the request.

The next regular council meeting will be on July 6, 7:30 p.m. in city hall at 411-1/2 S. Main,. The public is always invited to attend these open meetings.