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City Council Special Session Minutes February 7, 2015



FEBRUARY 7, 2015

Mayor Russell called the meeting to order at 8:00 AM and directed the city clerk to call the roll. On roll call Ald. Barb Mask, Gene Field, Dan Nederhoff, Sue Van Kampen, Wes Letcher, and Mike Van Zuiden answered “present.” Those absent were Ald. Margaret Crosthwaite and Howard Van Zuiden. Also in attendance were Ed Cannon- City Administrator, Bill Shirk- City Attorney, Chief of Police, James Rhoades and Officer Hamilton.

The pledge of allegiance was recited.

Mayor Russell thanked all those who were in attendance for the Saturday morning meeting. The special meeting was called to discuss the Medical Cannabis Dispensary operation in Fulton. Mayor Russell asked City Administrator Cannon to summarize the history of this project. Administrator Cannon said the Dispensary, LLC was awarded authorization to register for a dispensary license to operate a medical cannabis dispensary facility in Fulton, Illinois. The Dispensary, LLC submitted the most qualifying application and is now granted authority to begin the registration process. The announcement from the state was not an approval or a license to operate, but served as a notification that The Dispensary, LLC can begin the registration process. The Dispensary has up to 120 days to complete the registration process. He also explained the location of the Dispensary will be along Route 136, west of McDonald Funeral Home.

Ald. Mask asked how the Dispensary will affect revenue for the city. City Attorney Shirk said the property tax revenue will increase because it’s located within the TIF district. Sales tax will increase but that revenue has to funnel through the state first and then is dispersed based on population. Ald. Field asked if the Dispensary would ever become a full service pharmacy. Administrator Cannon explained that they want to restrict the people that are allowed in that building so it would not be a regular pharmacy. Ald. Van Kampen asked what type of products they will sell. Administrator Cannon said he didn’t know specifically but explained that an individual will only be able to purchase 2.5 ounces in a 14 day period. Ald. Mike Van Zuiden inquired about the type of security they will have in and around the building. Chief of Police, Rhoades said they’ll have bullet proof walls, vaults, and security cameras. Ald. Van Kampen said she believes medicinal marijuana has great benefits to patients in need of this kind of treatment. She explained that the THC in the plant will be taken out so users won’t feel a “high”. She also added that medicinal marijuana is a totally different product than what is sold on the street and it’s much more expensive.

Other community members that were present asked questions such as: Will additional revenue be used for youth programs? When will the building be operational? How many employees will the Dispensary employ? How will this affect our youth? Are there other pop-up businesses that come along with Dispensaries? Mayor Russell speculates that the building will be operational in 6 months to one year and could possibly employ a dozen employees. He hopes that the additional revenues will be used for youth anti-drug programs. Chief of Police Rhoades explained that some pop-up businesses that have started in other states where recreational marijuana is legal will not be able to start here since Illinois state law prohibits recreational marijuana. Mayor Russell closed with thanking everyone again for coming and for the great questions and discussion.

With no further business, Ald. Van Kampen moved, seconded by Ald. Letcher, to adjourn.  With voice agreement, the meeting adjourned at 8:51 AM.

Minutes recorded by,

Jackie Wilkin

Fulton City Clerk