Pot amendments to Central City code delayed

Linda Detroy
Central City

Public discussion of proposed amendments to the city code concerning marijuana will have to wait until Feb. 19. The Central City City Council on Feb. 5 opened and immediately continued two public hearings on the amendments because City Attorney Linda Michow could not attend the meeting.
“I do want the city attorney to be here,” Mayor Ron Engels said. The amendments will bring the municipal code in line with Amendment 64 provisions approved by voters in November. The first amendment would make it legal to for a person older than 21 to possess one ounce or less of marijuana, but illegal to have or use marijuana in a public place or on property owned, leased or operated by the state or city.
The second amendment would make it legal for a person older than 21 to grow six marijuana plants for either medical or personal use, in a residential dwelling unit, with no more than three being mature, and with a limit of 12 marijuana plants in any single dwelling unit. The public hearings will be continued during the council’s next meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in council chambers at City Hall, 141 Nevada St.

Council member asks that debit-card purchases be identified

In other business, before the council voted on its consent agenda, Council member Gloria Gaines said she wants all listings of debit-card purchases to include what was purchased, not just where the purchase was made. The accounting for January included three debit-card purchases for which the vendor was listed but the description was blank.
“I am uncomfortable not knowing what the purchases were,” she said, because the public’s money is being used. “I trust them all,” she said about city staff who have debit cards. “I don’t have any issues with that. I just have a problem with blank spots. And we have a written policy about that.”
The council unanimously approved amendments to the ordinances concerning posting of council meetings and adopted ordinances. Washington Hall, which is now a museum, was removed as a required posting location for ordinances, but adopted ordinances will still be posted at City Hall. Meetings also will be posted at City Hall 24 hours in advance.
Council member Kathy Heider asked if items will still be posted at the Post Office, and City Clerk Reba Bechtel said they would. Heider said that was good because people go into the Post Office on a regular basis, but may not see postings at City Hall.

City staff reports may be included in water bills

Gaines asked that reports to council prepared by city staff be sent to residents in their water bills. She said she especially likes the report prepared by the Public Works Department, which looks like a newsletter. “I love these reports,” she said. “These are the questions people have.”
Engels questioned the expense of printing full-color reports, such as that prepared by public works. “I’m sensitive about spending other people’s money, too,” he said.
Heider suggested putting the information from the various departments into a single report and printing it in black and white.
Finally, Jim Voorhies asked the council to consider making a proclamation in connection with a reunion of the men and women who served on the USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier that was decommissioned in December. Voorhies, who served as a reactor operator on the ship for four years, said he is helping to plan the reunion, which will take place in September.
He would like the council’s proclamation to honor the Navy veterans and their families for their service to the country. He also asked the city to hang a banner welcoming the veterans to Central City.
Voorhies said he is working with the Reserve Casino to accommodate those who will stay in Central City before and after the reunion, and is planning trips to Central City for the veterans to enjoy the city and learn about its history.