Special orders of business opened Monday night's Assembly meeting with two proclamations and a special recognition.
Mayor Ken Koelsch started things off with the announcement of May 21st, 2016 as the 6th Kids to Parks Day.
According to Koelsch, "Kids to Parks Day is organized and launched by the National Park Trust, and empowers kids and their parents to get outdoors and enjoy America's parks."
The second proclamation designates the first week of May as Public Service Recognition Week to acknowledge the hard work of government employees. The general appreciation for public service workers was followed by a special recognition of the CBJ Finance Department.
Eight ordinances were introduced in the consent agenda. Additionally, four resolutions made it through; a fifth resolution which would de-appropriate $1,893,119 from the Runway Safety Area Capital Improvement Project was removed from the meeting's agenda to be sent to the Committee of the Whole following a motion by Deputy Mayor Jesse Kiehl. A transfer of $1,893,119 from the Snow Removal Equipment Facility CIP to the Runway Safety Area CIP was also removed from the agenda and referred to the COW.
Under public hearing, two ordinances were heard and passed before a break was called to the meeting. The first was an ordinance that updates Title 40 to make Bartlett Regional Hospital's organization and meeting provisions more consistent with those of other enterprise boards.
An ordinance that amends the Land Use code to provide for the regulation of marijuana establishments passed at a vote of 7 to 2 with Jerry Nankervis and Mary Becker voting against adoption. It provides for regulation by expanding upon the conditional use permit application process by requiring marijuana establishments to provide certain industry-specific information and establishing certain generally applicable regulations that will apply to all establishments, such as the requirement that certain signs be posted.
An amendment to the ordinance was suggested by Loren Jones and subsequently passed, adding language to allow the city to impose conditions designed to mitigate impacts of commercial marijuana development on surrounding residents. The amendment garnered a closer vote of 5 to 4, with Maria Gladziszewski, Jesse Kiehl, Jerry Nankervis, and Debbie White voting against amending the ordinance.