The Orchard City Town Board has scheduled a public hearing during its July 10 meeting, preceding the trustees' action on a proposed ordinance which would ban wholesale/retail marijuana establishments, facilities and businesses.
The town prohibited medical marijuana facilities by ordinance on July 1, 2011.
The state constitutional amendment that legalized the regulated personal use and possession of small amounts of recreational marijuana was approved by voters on Nov. 6 last year as Amendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution.
Amendment 64 gives localities the right to ban certain retail or wholesale marijuana manufacturing enterprises and retail businesses that deal in marijuana; but it does not give localities the right to ban the personal (recreational) use or possession of small amounts of marijuana.
The town had previously adopted a moratorium on wholesale/retail marijuana trade in the town as it awaited the General Assembly's action on regulations governing recreational use.
• Also at their July 10 regular meeting, the Orchard City trustees will meet in an executive session to discuss whether to enter a sealed bid for ten shares of Surface Creek Ditch and Reservoir that are being auctioned next week. The shares are owned by Harmon Lowman.
The shares are for what some people refer to as a "flow right," a type of water right that does not give the owner any right to store the water.
Trustee Jimmie Boyd explained to other trustees that a water right which gives the right of storage, also sometimes called a "reservoir right," would be of more value to the town than a flow right would be.
Others on the board reasoned that the Surface Creek shares are valuable to many water users and their use can be traded with owners of reservoir water when advantageous to the town.
• During their monthly work session that was held last week, the trustees also reviewed the idea of the town taking over operation of the Cory Cemetery. The primary topic was how to get irrigation water to the cemetery.
County Commissioner Bruce Hovde, who has been personally administering the cemetery's business in the absence of a functioning cemetery board, discussed a few options with trustees. They involved two or three possibilities for using ponds to irrigate. The need for water is also an issue.
The possibility of asking voters of the cemetery district for a mill levy increase under the TABOR amendment was also discussed, briefly. Hovde reported that the county library district is also talking about a mill levy.
The county clerk has to be notified by July 26 of any ballot proposals for mill levy increases on the November ballot.blog comments powered by Disqus