2018-04-11 / News

Marlette nixes pot ordinance; renames summer fest


Charles Bush Charles Bush MARLETTE — On a unanimous vote and regarding Michigan’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act, the Marlette City Council voted to not adopt an ordinance to authorize any marijuana facilities in the city, including growing, processing and transporting.

The resolution was offered by Councilman Charlie Bush.

Bush indicated he wanted to be proactive on the matter and recalled a meeting in the fall where an advocate for medical marijuana addressed the council.

Bush, a retired state police officer, said, “Marijuana is a gateway drug and is against the law at the federal level. If a person wants to start a business relating to marijuana, he can go elsewhere.”

Michigan’s Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act provides that a marijuana facility will not operate in a municipality unless a municipality has adopted an ordinance that authorizes the type of facility.

In other action last week, the council learned the annual summer festival will continue, albeit with a new name.

The event known as “Dog Days of Summer” is no more and will now be known by its former name, “Marlette Country Fair Days.”

The return to the old name was chosen by the new Marlette Fair Committee.

Mayor Dennis Cargill announced that a new seven-member fair committee has assembled and is aggressively pursuing the itinerary for the festivities this summer.

“Nobody is shy on this committee and weekly meetings are underway,” said Cargill.

The fair committee consists of local residents Neal Bishop, Samantha Strickler, Sarah Barratt, Andrew Huffman, Rod Bednaryczk, Christie Anderson and Scott Keys.

In a related move, council agreed to spend $1,985 in radio advertising to promote the event.

The results of City Manager Corey Schmidt’s evaluation were announced. Schmidt received an average 94 percent evaluation from the council. He was graded on nine criteria including management of fiscal matters and management of employees. Some comments in the evaluation included: “During his term as the Marlette City Manager, Corey has consistently demonstrated the type off quiet, effective leadership that plays well in his role as the City manager. He works with people to get things done, he prepares well for meetings, drafts well-crafted and researched correspondence…Corey is an asset to the city of Marlette, its citizens and its employees. He is a proactive problem solver who does not hesitate to tackle tough issues. His success with acquiring grants in an example of such action.”

In other news, council authorized Schmidt to enter into a contract with Michigan Pipe Inspection for sanitary sewer cleaning and televising for an amount not to exceed $135,176. Also, permission was given to the city manager to enter into a contract with Michigan Pipe Inspection for storm sewer cleaning and televising for an amount not to exceed $71,678.

The sewer cleaning and televising work makes up the largest portion of the $331,176 Storm Water Asset Management and Wastewater Program (SAW) grant that Marlette recently acquired from the state.

“Our goal is to complete as much cleaning and televising work as possible with the SAW grant budget,” said Schmidt. “Also there might be unforeseen saving in other areas of the SAW grant that may allow for additional spending for Michigan Pipe Inspection to do additional work.”

The city has known for some time that a new lawn mower will need to be purchased. A purchasing committee has decided on an “eXmark Lazer Z X-Series 60” mower. It was described as a best fit for Marlette.

The mower has a suspension system seat isolation which stabilizes the seat. It will be ideal for bumpier areas, and with city workers spending anywhere from two hundred to three hundred hours on the mower, “will provide for a good working environment,” said the city manager.

The mower will be purchased from Ball Equipment in Sandusky for $10,879.

The Downtown Development Authority has decided to spend some money on improving amperage for the electrical service for the Fenner and Marlette Street parking lot. Adamzcyk Electric will upgrade the amenity from 100 amps to a 200-amp service. Total cost will be $2,440.

This will be helpful for a proposed Farmer’s Market as will a $3,000 donation from the DDA. In addition, $2,000 will come from the First Impressions donation to the city which was intended to help the city capture tourist business while vacationers travel through the community on M-53.

First Impressions was a Michigan State-sponsored program that sent visitors to Marlette and other communities to help identify needed improvements to attract visitors to the area.

The fire authority servicing four townships including Burnside, Elmer, Koylton, Marlette and the city of Marlette will have $165,115 in their budget. Marlette’s portion will be $62,000 which is calculated based on the number of fires experienced in the previous year. Included in this sum is a six percent increase amounting to $9,022 which is the first increase in nearly a decade.

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