Sick of that ‘burning rope’ odor? Help is on the way via a proposed ‘marijuana moratorium.’
Brought forward by Commissioner Wes Cormier, the proposal is for a six month moratorium on new applications for the production and processing of marijuana. Cormier said he’s “getting a lot of complaints about odor.” Commissioners Randy Ross and Vickie Raines indicated they’ve been receiving similar complaints.
The draft ordinance relates to new permits for marijuana processing and production, not retail. It also provides for a public hearing on the subject. Look for more discussion at an upcoming workshop. A copy of the draft ordinance appears below.
County revenues and expenditures were also on the table this morning. Budget Director presented a budget update as of May 31, 2017. The County Auditor’s numbers continue to be a source of concern. The basic ‘benchmark’ at this point is for county departments to have about 58% of their budget left through the end of the fiscal year. The Auditor’s office is about six points below the benchmark, with just over 52% of its budget left for the year.
Commissioner Vickie Raines asked why the Auditor’s office is so far below the benchmark. That office incurred significant spending overages related to the 2016 elections. Those costs splashed over into the 2017 budget. “He’s (County Auditor Vern Spatz) not going to meet budget as is going down this path,” said Raines. Citing this year’s upcoming elections, she said, “My anticipation is it’s (auditor spending/budget issues) going to get worse.”
Raines asked for a letter to be sent to Spatz asking how he’s going to resolve those issues. “I don’t want to wait till October, November, or December and have this big elephant in the room,” said Raines.
Additional county budget info. appears below. There’s more where that came from. Just holler.
Meanwhile, tomorrow’s ‘legislative summit’ with state legislators from the 19th and 24th LDs has been taken off-calendar. This change is due to the unavailability of Sens. Takko and Van de Wege. Watch for a reschedule, possibly this Friday. Tomorrow’s 1:00 p.m commissioners’ workshop is still on, with different topics.
A motion to cancel the July 3 BOCC meetings passed unanimously.
Top photo: (L to R) Commissioners Randy Ross, Wes Cormier and Vickie Raines discuss county budget matters with Budget Director Brenda Sherman.