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Town council approves 2014/15 budget, clarifies dispensary plans

Lakeview Town Council met for a work session and regular session on Tuesday, June 24, to further discuss specific regulations on medicinal marijuana dispensaries and approve multiple resolutions associated with the 2014-15 fiscal year budget.

The second of several work sessions regarding the medicinal marijuana moratorium was fruitful enough to instruct Town Attorney John Bogardus to begin formulating a rough ordinance outline specifying regulations agreed upon by the council.

Mayor Mike Patrick believes that while the citizens of Lakeview would mostly favor an outright ban, based on state legislation it is important for the council to create stringent regulations on time, manner and place of distribution for a dispensary to operate, facilitating the needs of the 105 medicinal marijuana cardholders currently residing in Lake County.

Patrick provided a list of suggested regulations such as time of operation and distance from schools.

Bogardus stressed the importance of establishing clearly defined regulations that follow along similar lines to the state regulations so as to avoid possible litigation.

Bogardus estimated that an early draft of specific ordinance could be ready for the next work session dedicated to the issue, planned for Aug. 12 at 3 p.m.

The regular session began with Barbara Robinson, a local resident for eight years, praising the community pool renovations, including the rededication ceremony and the magnificent work of the pool lifeguards and manager. Mayor Patrick and Town Mgr. Ray Simms confirmed that the pool covers are pending delivery, expected within a week, and that once installed the covers would greatly aid in maintaining higher pool temperatures.

Simms provided an update on the geothermal plant and loans, stating that the US Bank loan would close on June 26, leaving just the USDA loan with fixed rates set for the next 40 years.

Two resolutions were passed unanimously, acknowledging the budget hearings held and adopting the 2014-15 town fiscal budget as presented.
Two additional resolutions were also passed, resolution 867 approving a memorandum of understanding between Lakeview and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality regarding the ongoing air quality improvement efforts, and resolution 868 approving the South Central Oregon Economic Development District to handle administrative paperwork oversight of the CDGB intergovernmental agreement for the construction of a new Head Start facility.

The final topic was approval from the council for Simms to pursue a nuisance abatement for the property located at 212 N. K St. due to excessive garbage and waste. The abatement was approved unanimously, meaning the owners have ten days to appeal. If the property is not cleaned up the town will hire work crews to clean the property, then place tax liens to recover costs.

The next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8.

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