Craig City Council approves moratorium on pot clubs
Emergency ordinance passed in wake of private marijuana clubs on Front Range
In other action...
During its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, the Craig City Council:
• Approved, 7-0, Jan. 8 meeting minutes.
• Approved, 7-0, the renewal of a tavern liquor license for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
• Approved, 7-0, the appointment of Clayton Richards as a city representative to the Craig/Moffat County Airport Advisory Board.
• Approved, 7-0, a lease agreement between the City of Craig and Connections for Kids for the Center of Craig.
• Approved, 7-0, bids for chemicals for 2013 water and wastewater departments, including:
— Polyaluminum Chloride from Summit Labs.
— Salt from DPC.
— Soda Ash from Thatcher Chemical.
— Chlorine from DPC.
— Chlorine from DPC.
— Sulfur Dioxide from DPC.
— Liquid Sodium Permanganate from Thatcher Chemical.
— Potassium Permanganate from Thatcher Chemical.
— Sodium Fluorosilicate from Thatcher Chemical.
— Powdered Activated Carbon from Thatcher Chemical.
— Coagulant Polymer from Thatcher Chemical.
— Filter Aid Polymer from Thatcher Chemical.
— Calcium Hypochlorite from Thatcher Chemical.
— Sodium Hypochlorite from Thatcher Chemical.
• Approved, 7-0, a $21,215 bid from Kois Brothers for a 14-foot dump truck bed for road and bridge.
• Approved, 7-0, a $77,110 bid from Hanson Equipment Company, of Grand Junction, for a conventional cab and chassis for road and bridge.
• Approved, 7-0, a $119,733 bid from Rush Truck Centers, of Denver, for a cabover cab and chassis for road and bridge.
• Approved, 7-0, a $109,570 bid from Faris Machinery, of Grand Junction, for a front load body for road and bridge.
• Approved, 7-0, a $11,566 bid from Transwest Trucks, of Grand Junction, for a hook lift conventional cab and chassis for road and bridge.
Approved, 7-0, a $48,618 bid from Faris Machinery for a hook lift system for road and bridge.
• Approved, 7-0, Resolution No. 4 appropriating $18,000 to the All Crimes Enforcement Team Fund to purchase small equipment.
• Approved, 7-0, Ordinance No. 1025 amending Sections 13.16.020 and 13.48.020 (Liability for charges) and repealing Sections 13.48.022, 13.48.024 and 13.48.026 (Deposits) of Chapter 13 of the Craig Municipal Code (Public Services).
• Approved, 7-0, Ordinance No. 1026 amending Title 8 (Health and Safety) of the Craig Municipal Code regarding snow and ice in and across public streets and alleys.
• Heard monthly report for the Water & Wastewater Departments for December 2012.
Craig City Council temporarily banned Tuesday night the operation of private marijuana clubs similar to those established primarily along the Front Range since the November 2012 passage of Amendment 64.
Though the amendment restricts the public use of marijuana Craig City Manager Jim Ferree said proprietors have sidestepped the still-foggy legislation by establishing private clubs through charging membership dues and requiring patrons 21 years of age or older to supply their own marijuana.
While Ferree does not know of any private marijuana clubs on the Western Slope, he said Craig Police Chief Walt Vanatta introduced the ordinance to city council members as a preemptive measure at least until the state decides whether the clubs comply with the amendment.
The ordinance, which passed unanimously at Tuesday's council meeting, temporarily imposes a moratorium on the use or consumption of marijuana or marijuana products on commercial- and industrial-zoned property that operates as a place of private assembly for the purpose of inviting persons to use or consume marijuana products on site.
Ferree expects city council to pass a more permanent ordinance in the next month or so.
Craig City Attorney Kenny Wohl was asked after the meeting if the pot club moratorium was necessary because of the public smoking ban already in effect throughout the state.
Passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2006, the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act requires restaurants, bars and other establishments to be 100 percent smoke-free indoors at all times. The law provides for certain exemptions, such as retail tobacco businesses, private cars and residences, limousines under private hire, and 25 percent of hotel rooms.
Wohl said the question of whether retail marijuana businesses, and subsequent clubs, would be treated the same as retail tobacco businesses is one of the many issues being considered by the Colorado Task Force on the Implementation of Amendment 64.
The 24-member task force is scheduled to report its recommendations Feb. 28 to Gov. John Hickenlooper.
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or email@example.com