DuringTuesday night’s Spring Valley City Council legislative and finance meeting, council members discussed medical marijuana dispensaries, LED sign ordinances and flood insurance.
City attorney Jim Andreoni told the board that during the last plan commission meeting, chairman George Forsa advised the council to look further into the option of medical marijuana dispensaries in the city.
Andreoni brought up the consideration Tuesday to get the board ready to take the next steps to approving a special-use permit for dispensaries.
“It’s a relatively simple ordinance from one standpoint. I think you would want to give some thought to where would you want the facility,” Andreoni told council members. “I would need some guidance from the council before I put the ordinance together.”
He reminded the council there will be only one cultivation center in Bureau, Putnam and La Salle counties; and only one dispensary per Bureau, La Salle or Grundy Counties.
City economic director Debb Ladgenski said there has been one inquiry about a dispensary. She said state regulations dictate where dispensaries can be located, such as not within 1,000 feet of a daycare or school.
Ladgenski also said each facility’s need when it comes to space is different, and there are only a limited number of places that either a cultivation center or dispensary could be located.
Still talking about lights: Aldermen talked about the LED sign ordinance that is currently being drafted by Andreoni. Andreoni said he contacted representatives of the city of Peru about the LED sign demonstration that was done for the council from a company in Chicago.
He told the council to decide on at least three dates by next Tuesday’s regular council meeting that would work for everyone to be available for the same type of presentation to help the council finish drafting the ordinance.
Alderman Dan McFadden asked where the lines are drawn that determine what’s a nuisance (according to city ordinances) when it comes to signs.
“I think the lines have to be defined by brightness,” Andreoni told the council.
Alderman Jim Taliano questioned why the existing signs weren’t regulated before things “escalated” to where they are now.
Andreoni said he didn’t believe at the time those signs were put up that any ordinances that concerned brightness.
No insurance, no problems: Council members came to a consensus agreement to not invest $10,000 in insurance for a sand-filter building on top of a water tank at the city’s existing waste-water treatment plant.
Larry Good, city engineer, told the board that after a record-breaking flood last year, the building received no damage.
Good discussed the consequences of opting out of the insurance or taking less coverage. The board members came to their decision after discussing that even if there was a chance of a flood disaster, they would most likely not rebuild it because the city is getting a new plant.
Lauren Blough can be reached at (815) 220-6931 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @NT_SpringValley.
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