Swanton Council hears marijuana presentation

Community forums planned

By Jazzie Johnson - For the Enterprise

The Village of Swanton council heard Nickolas Cole give a presentation on why Swanton should cultivate medical marijuana Monday evening.

Cole’s presentation was a comment to the special June 19 meeting when council members decided not to amend the current ordinance prohibiting cultivation of medical marijuana.

In order to rid the preconceived notion of the town cultivating medical marijuana, Cole said it starts with education and presenting it as a job creating industry.

During Cole’s presentation, he mentioned the Community Forum meeting which is a new opportunity for the village to discuss and review updates in the community. The meetings are a way the town can be informed about issues that may affect the village as a whole and share their opinions about them.

Cole said meetings and discussions like the Community Forum Meeting will be a positive way to “have people see the bigger picture than just pot coming to a town.”

Rosanna Hoelzle, Village Administrator, will monitor the Community Forum Meetings. Hoelzle said these meetings are only a discussion and no action will be taken from them.

The first community forums will be at the Swanton Public Library 6 p.m. Wednesday July 12 and 10:30 a.m. Thursday July 13. Topics of discussion will be the capital improvement plan, citizen engagement, code enforcement, meter upgrades and utility rates. Division heads will be present to answer specific questions the community may have.

“We hope there will be a good turnout.” Hoelzle said.

The council also approved, by emergency, engineering services for sewer separation project seven. This was the second reading, while normally three readings are required for approval.

Also approved by emergency was a renewal of the solicitor contract and dedication of the right of way for the Garfield Bridge Project. That right of way dedication is one of the early steps in the 2018 replacement of the bridge near Elton Parkway.

Several nuisance abatement resolutions were also approved.

Community forums planned

By Jazzie Johnson

For the Enterprise