Central City clarifies marijuana-business regulation

Linda Detroy, Central City. Following a request for development of a marijuana smoking venue, the City Council addressed an ordinance that clarifies the prohibition of most types of businesses related to marijuana.

The Council approved the second reading of the ordinance during its September 1 meeting, enforcing the prohibition of marijuana clubs and other businesses not authorized by the city or state.

The City’s code allows only medical marijuana and retail businesses; the state also allows cultivation operations, products manufacturing, and testing facilities.

The Council also accepted the city’s audited financial statements for 2013, which must be submitted to the state by September 30. The statements show that the City’s net financial position at the end of 2013 was $45,948,784, a decrease of $1,548,448, or 3 percent, from 2012. The City’s total assets decreased from $50,190,070 to $47,541,217, while its total expenses decreased by 45 percent, from $2,359,140 to $1,281,250. The substantial decrease resulted mainly from retirement of the City’s bond debt.

Overall, the change in the net position resulted from the following factors:

A 19 percent increase in charges for services, mainly resulting from increased water billings based on meter installations in 2012; a 4 percent decrease in sales-and-use tax collections from 2011, based mainly on the closing of two casinos; a 1 percent increase in state gaming-tax  state collections from 2012; a 6 percent decrease in device fees, resulting mainly from casino closures and device losses in other casinos. There was a 5 percent increase in total government expenses, reflecting equipment purchases for public safety and public works, and expenditures for the activities of the Business Improvement District, plus a 14 percent increase in water fund expenses, reflecting an increase in legal and professional service fees for water court cases.

In other business, the Council accepted a quote for the City’s property, casualty and worker’s compensation coverage of $79,042. That amount is down 8 percent from 2013, based on a decrease in claims in 2013 and no major changes in the City’s vehicle and equipment fleet.

The Council also adopted a resolution to observe the Colorado Municipal League’s celebration of municipal government through Cities and Towns Week, October 20-26. The intent of the week is to increase pubic awareness of the work City employees perform on a daily basis.

The city encourages residents to get involved by voting, running for office, attending meetings and offering ideas through the Comments/Suggestions box at City Hall.

The council’s next regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 7 in council chambers at 214 Nevada St.