TOWN OF RIDGWAY Council holds first reading of retail marijuana sales
Thursday, 18 July 2013 19:52
By Bill Tiedje
Ridgway Town Council oversaw the first reading of an ordinance that would amend town marijuana regulations to include zoning and a cap on the number of marijuana store licenses in order to be consistent with 2013 state marijuana legislation, during its regular meeting on July 10.
Ordinance No. 05-2013 would also prohibit grow co-ops, use of compressed gases in residential settings and commercial storage of marijuana off licensed premises.
The town would not issue local retail marijuana licenses; however, the ordinance would direct the town manager to process and review state retail marijuana licenses for compliance with town ordinances.
Council directed town attorney John Kappa to change the cap on the combined number of medical and retail marijuana store licenses to four, in the interest of market competition.
Dave Niccum of Acme Healing Centers explained that his business would be the only entity allowed to apply for a retail marijuana license in 2013, since it was grandfathered in as an existing medical marijuana distributor. Niccum indicated other businesses could apply for state licensure in 2014.
Niccum also asked that council consider giving approval to Acme Healing Centers to offer both medical marijuana and retail marijuana sales at the same location to individuals over the age of 21, a requirement of a state marijuana regulation. Councilwoman Ellen Hunter indicated that would be addressed as a separate issue.
Council also approved a request by Public Art Ridgway Colorado (PARC) board president Pam Kraft to place a water feature in Hartwell Park. PARC member Pomona Shea presented the design to rebuild the existing but currently non-functional fountain located west of Ridgway Town Hall.
Shea indicated the new fountain incorporates the existing three pipe design but would raise the fountain structure on pedestals, placing the fountains in a nine foot wide cement bowl filled with rocks. The fountain would be dry, meaning the water would simply flow over the pipes and rocks.
PARC member Ned Bosworth explained that after consulting with the Parks and Trails Committee and contemplating the ideal location, it was decided to move the fountain approximately 20 feet south for a better view of the new stage from the seating created by the fountain bowl, as well as for best aesthetics.
Town Manager Jen Coates requested permission to submit an application on behalf of the Town of Ridgway to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs for up to $600,000 to provide for mainstreet improvements under the state entity's energy improvement program. Council approved this request.
Coates also indicated she would prepare a submission to Colorado Department of Transportation's Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships grant program.
Coates said both grants would be intended to offset the cost of proposed Streetscape improvements.
Councilman Eric Johnson reported on behalf of the Parks and Trails Committee that the Adopt-a-Park program was up and running.
Johnson also indicated the community garden would be relocated following the current growing season to a new location on Green Street. The new location would be developed on land set aside for a park by the Parkside Subdivision. The new area is approximately seven acres and is currently undeveloped.
A report on the Ouray County Water Users Association was given by Councilman Bo Nerlin, who indicated he thought Ridgway should have a place on the OCWUA board of directors.
Council closed the public portion of the meeting to go into executive session to discuss issues relating to water rights.
A meeting of OCWUA members will be held at 7:00 p.m. in Ridgway Town Hall on July 17 following a Town Council workshop at 5:30 p.m., also in Town Hall, to further discuss Streetscape improvements.
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