Cedaredge has joined other local governments in Delta County by adopting a ban on businesses that would trade in marijuana.
Following the model established by similar ordinances adopted in nearby jurisdictions, the Cedaredge ordinance bans operation of several types of "marijuana facilities," including any retail stores that would sell Colorado's legalized recreational marijuana to the public.
Other types of "marijuana facilities" specifically banned are marijuana cultivation facilities, marijuana product manufacturing facilities, and marijuana testing facilities. Cedaredge had previously banned medical marijuana dispensaries.
The ordinance was adopted as an emergency and went into effect immediately upon passage on Sept. 19.
In other business at its Sept. 19 regular meeting, the Cedaredge Town Board dealt with the following matters:
• The trustees heard comments from resident Mike Meskel opposing an additional new $6.50 sewer fee and saying the idea of buying property for a new sewer plant is "absurd" because the town already owns property where one could be sited.
• The Public Works department reported that an engineer's report on siting the new sewer treatment plant at the current lagoons location is not finished. The engineers, located in Boulder, asked for an extension due to flooding on the Front Range. The engineers had been evacuated from their Boulder offices.
The report prompted Trustee Ray Hanson to remark on a possibility that state grant monies might dry up by the need for replacing flood-damaged infrastructure on the east slope. That scenario could lead to an extension of the five-year deadline the state has given Cedaredge to have its new sewer plant built, Hanson thought.
Town Administrator Katie Sickles advised caution assuming that the state will grant the town any extension of time.
• It was reported that paving on downtown Main Street will be completed only west of the alley between NW 2nd and 3rd in time for AppleFest.
• The annual town cleanup day will be Sept. 28, Sickles announced. Dumpsters will be located at the town shops that day for residents' use.
• The town will ask for an additional $100,000 state grant to pay for next year's planned improvements at Main Street and Grand Mesa Drive. The town has already been awarded a $205,000 grant from CDOT for the project. Sickles said that "communication is taking place" with property owners at the intersection.
• Trustees granted a variance from the town's no-burn ordinance so that Cedaredge High School can have its annual homecoming bonfire. The town doesn't allow any burning between May 30 and Sept. 30, Sickles said.
• Trustees heard a brief report on the county library district's campaign to raise the property tax mill levy. The board then adopted a resolution supporting the question that will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.
• Trustees, as expected, voted to impose $50 in mandatory court and police department fees on municipal code offenders.
• A liquor license renewal for Mesa Liquors was approved.
• The treasurer's report noted that user fees in the water fund are down by more than $32,000 this year.blog comments powered by Disqus