Marijuana facilities proposal moved to March ballot

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

CENTRAL LAKE – During a brief monthly meeting last week that was conducted by village council president pro-tem Bill Chapman, in the absence of vacationing president Larry Eckhardt, the Central Lake Village Council took care of routine business matters and approved a resolution to move a marijuana facilities proposal to the March 2020 ballot.

Originally scheduled to be on the Tuesday, Nov. 5 election ballot, the motion to move the proposal to allow retail marijuana shops and processors within the Central Lake village limits to the Tuesday, March 10, 2020 presidential primary election ballot was approved unanimously after the Council was informed by Central Lake Township Clerk Judy Kosloski that the proposal must be placed on election ballots containing nominations of candidates for public offices.

Central Lake Township does not have any candidates running for office in this November's election.

"It can't stand alone on the ballot," Kosloski said of the marijuana proposal.

The resolution for the move, trustee Brian Patton noted, was a "formality that we have to approve."

Assured that the move would not carry any additional election costs to the village, trustee Lela Clark appeared eager to postpone the proposal, saying, "I think it's a wonderful idea. I'll support that!" and made the motion for the vote, which was supported by trustee Lyle Loveless.

In other matters, Gourdie Fraser consultant Jennifer Hodges told the Council that a pre-construction meeting had been held for the village's new public events pavilion at the corner of North and Main streets, and that the village had applied for a construction permit.

"We've downsized a bit to save on costs," Hodges said, adding that the pavilion, originally planned to be 280-square feet, will now be 200-square feet.

"I'm very confident that we'll have it all done by Nov. 1," the consultant said, adding that she expected construction to begin in two weeks.

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