Last Wednesday in a town council meeting that took an hour to complete, the Town of Crawford decided two big issues.
First, they voted to prohibit the establishment and operation of any business to sell marijuana for any purpose or use within town limits.
The trustees also declared those kinds of businesses to be nuisances under existing town ordinances.
Jackie Savage, town clerk, advised that there was a public hearing in February and a night of comments taken in March.
Only Jay Ziegler spoke against the town's prohibition of marijuana sales. He wanted the council to table any action that night.
Mayor Susie Steckel told Ziegler to not distribute anything to the trustees, as there had been enough discussion. The mayor noted that in the last election both Crawford and county voters were opposed to legal retail sales.
The second issue was whether to join the federal flood insurance program. The council voted in favor of the action. Last year there were continual problems with mud slides which caused some damage to homes.
The council approved the flood plain ordinance and a resolution.
The ordinance adopted regulations for the use and development of land to minimize losses from mudflows, mudslides and floods.
The resolution "Assures the Federal Emergency Management Agency that it will enact and maintain in force in those areas having flood, mudslide ... or flood-related erosion hazards, adequate land use and control measures with enforcement provisions ...."
In other action, the town accepted the insurance policy and rates as submitted by DC Hawkins Agency and tabled action on the North Fork Alternative Plan regarding oil and gas development.
Savage is of the opinion that the alternative plan is beyond the scope of the Crawford Town Council. She asked Citizens for a Healthy Committee to make changes in the language.
The town clerk submitted all information for the 2012 audit in January to Blair and Associates. The audit was due on May 15. The auditor said the audit had not been started and probably would take until August or September to complete. Mayor Steckel instructed Savage to notify the auditor that they will be on the agenda for July 1 for their presentation. In other words, the town said August or September is not acceptable.blog comments powered by Disqus