SEMINOLE – The City Council unanimously voted to prohibit medical marijuana treatment center dispensing facilities from opening within city limits at its Aug. 8 meeting.
This was the second and final reading of ordinance No. 19-2017, which was given preliminary approval following its first reading at the council’s July 11 meeting.
At that meeting, Mark Ely, community development director, said the city had three options regarding these dispensaries. The council could take no action, allowing dispensaries to open in any location zoned for pharmacies within the city; regulate dispensaries the same as pharmacies; or ban dispensaries from opening in the city.
Because of the city’s “narrow commercial corridor,” many commercial properties would be located too close to residential properties and local schools, Ely added at this July 8 meeting. So allowing dispensaries in Seminole would be “a character of community issue.”
In other action items at the Aug. 8 meeting, the council also:
• grandfathered a non-residential use for a building at the Lake Seminole Estates mobile home park. The building was formerly home to Express Jewelry, which closed in April of 2015. It was rendered non-conforming when the city updated its comprehensive land use plan in 1999, though the building had been used for non-residential purposes since the early 1960s.
The Lake Seminole Estates Homeowner’s Asociation is responsible for bringing the building up to ADA standards, and upgrading signage and landscaping before a new tenant can move into the space.
• authorized the expenditure of $127,000 in Capital Improvement Project funds for the removal and disposal of “unsuitable” soil at Waterfront Park.
MTM Contractors Inc., the company working on construction of the park and its drainage system, found additional unsuitable soils at a higher elevation than shown in soil boring tests conducted prior to the start of Phase I of the project.
The project engineer, Advanced Engineering and Design, reviewed the contractor’s findings and discovered debris, mostly glass, in the southernmost pond area, said City Manager Ann Toney-Deal. The contractors were unable to sift the debris from the soil, so “it had to be removed and replaced with clean soil.”
Public Works Director Jeremy Hockenbury told the council this debris was found “probably 8 inches below what was anticipated.”
MTM’s full cost to remove this additional soil and debris is $210,000. But the work was provided at a reduced rate of $127,000 thanks to an $82,000 credit in funds that went unused for Class 3 landfill disposal costs.
Hockenbury said that the cost of this removal could have been higher if it was found before the project began.
“This is probably the best price we could get for that [soil removal,]” he said.