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By Lou Marzeles

Ordinance committee proposes timeline on pot shop action


A meeting of the Goldendale City Council’s ordinance committee Monday resulted in a proposed timeline for action on a marijuana retail store in the city.

Nine members of the public were in attendance at the meeting. The committee consisted of Gary Hoctor, Len Crawford, and Guy Theriault. Facilitating the meeting was City Administrator Larry Bellamy, and also attending was city attorney Quinn Plant.

The committee elected not to allow public comment during the meeting. “There will be a public hearing within 60 days of the start of the moratorium,” Theriault said. “I don’t think there needs to be public comment here.”

Bellamy asked the committee if it were inclined to advise a course of action on a retail shop at this time. “I think we need to know what the public has to say before we do that,” Theriault responded.

Crawford added, “The people who speak at the public hearing need to stick to hard, cold facts. Once everyone has had a chance to speak, then the city council should be able to make a decision.”

The committee proposed the following timeline for completion of action on the retail shop:

• At the city council meeting on Oct. 6, a public hearing will be proposed for Oct. 20, the next regular city council meeting.

• At a subsequent ordinance committee meeting on Oct. 27, a final action recommendation will be drafted.

• A final vote on the committee’s proposed new ordinance would occur at the regular city council meeting on Nov. 3.

The committee agreed that public comment period during the hearing should be limited to no more than five minutes. The public hearing portion will begin as soon as the meeting convenes.


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